I read Knockemstiff while on holiday in the sun. It's probably the most anti-holiday book anybody could read! It is so unrelentingly grim I just had to laugh to myself and wonder what kind of horror would come next. I found it hard to like a book that wallowed in such misery.
That said the writing was sparse and haunting in places and there was a fascination in reading about these characters and the dark paths their lives were heading down. I admired the book but didn't love it.