Cradle Song Hardcover – 1 Jul 2003
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'Fine, skilfully written ... sensitive and disturbing.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Robert Edric's novel - his first in the crime field - is something substantial and distinctive.' -- Literary Review
Stunning literary crime novel, from the acclaimed author of Booker-longlisted PEACETIME, and THE BOOK OF THE HEATHEN. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The first few pages report the critics from almost every major UK newspaper and periodical telling you that here is a master of the sleight of hand, of the intricately woven plot, one of the best and most under-rated writers in the English language.
So you start reading, and there is an unnerving dissonance between the text and the plaudits. For the first four hundred pages, you are presented with an entertaining US TV-style crime procedural import, skilfully adapted to the climate of the North-East coast of England, driven by massed high voltage dialogue where people would rather swear at each other than greet each other, and with moments where the sun really breaks through as he describes abandoned individuals, such as the retired DCI Sullivan beached in his shadow disgrace, and the pathetic child pornographer, Martin Roper, recapturing his summer play among the flats of a bleak Spurn Point.
Then, after four hundred pages (perhaps a little long to wait), you are in the hands of the author who in "The Book of the Heathen" made Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" infinitely darker. The pace picks up, and the details hit you from rock-solid foundations in the culmination of a brutal, seedy tale.
This is why Robert Edric is considered a master. Like a Cistercian monk, he sees the world and he doesn't blink.
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Bought as a gift. Couldn't resist reading it myself. A bit of uncorrupt fantasy that takes you back to your youth, brilliant read. Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by Mrs. Susan E. F. Yuille
This is one of my favourite books of the last 5 years. Having just finished Stieg Larsson's trilogy, I was compelled to look again at Cradle Song, Robert Edric's masterpiece, for... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2010 by Ed
Had previously only read Edric's 'Book of the Heathen' and 'Gathering the Water', and clearly he is a high class literary act. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2009 by Michael Brown