The Look Away is available to order from bookshops and online retailers from March 6th, 2018.
The Look Away
‘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.
‘As if Samuel Beckett had written The Goshawk’
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.
‘A narrative of menace and wonder’
Click here to see the map of Lancashire North of the Sands that features in The Look Away.