The Look Away

The Look Away


The Look Away (2018)
Richard Skelton
ISBN 978-0-9934310-6-7


(Now available in a Xylem Books paperback)


    • 168pp
    • 130 x 200mm
    • Hardcover boards cased in midnight blue cloth
    • Metallic red foil lettering to front and spine
    • Red endpapers
    • Signed and numbered
    • Edition of 111




    ‘As if Samuel Beckett had written The Goshawk’
    (Mark Valentine)


    ‘I am north of where I was. Go north. That was the imperative. Always north. Although the why of it is no longer clear.’

    A wounded man in a fugue state hides out in a deserted north-country shieling, convinced that he is pursued. Over the days and weeks that follow, as no one comes to claim him, his mind turns from his pursuers to the hills themselves, and their other-than-human inhabitants. Gradually he is caught up in a drama that can have only one conclusion.


    After nearly a decade of writing poetry and non-fiction, Richard Skelton has arrived at a form that is most like the music for which he is well-known: the slow accumulation of mood and atmosphere, the repetition of stark phrases, the bleak beauty, the loam and grit. In The Look Away, Skelton has written a powerful, intensely bleak, yet redemptive, novella that redraws mythic lines and repositions humanity in a more complex and ambiguous relationship with the natural world.