Spare and beautifully crafted Daily Telegraph
Each character digs deeper into the earth and each layer thats peeled away reveals a darker, more sinister one beneath Independent on Sunday
Leyshon layers story upon story to create a peaty texture, using landscape and local lore in a way that recalls Graham Swifts Waterland Observer
Haunting. The flood plain around Glastonbury is both the setting and the subject of this novel, layering myth and history to create a sense of a rich and mysterious past Sunday Telegraph
Compelling. Between Pranks present and his memories are interspersed local legends that work their dark magic on Iriss imagination to bring about the novels devastating climax Time Out
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With characters as diverse Christ, the red-breasted robin and kings Arthur and Alfred, BLACK DIRT is the story of Frank and the stories he tells George and Margaret, his adult children. Frank, lying ill in bed, finds his dying dreams haunted by figures from his childhood: his parents, and his older sister Iris, whose existence and terrible crime he has spent long years struggling to forget. Margaret gathers together the random fragments of his recollections and tries to piece together the past -- while George, who has never quite grown-up, struggles to remember even recent events. Revealing the dark and sinister shadows that can shape a child's imagination, BLACK DIRT is a haunting tale of a father and his family, told, like the layering of the earth, in different tones and textures.