Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

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Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

Cuddy: Winner of the 2023 Goldsmiths Prize

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He is most definitely in a class of his own and I can't wait to see where his writing takes me next. I just adore discovering a book that is so perfect that I keep stopping to enjoy perfectly composed sentences .

We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. The downtrodden wife of an archer seeks the truth in stone walls, in meadows full of garlic flowers. It is poetry and prose, fact and fiction, passionate and discursive: a dash through over a thousand years of history. But the final section of the novel, though somewhat bleak, tells the story of modern Britain with its zero hour contracts and poor nutrition for those struggling to survive.The north to me has always appeared a land of coughing chimneys, blotched babies, vile ale, wet wool and cloying clouds, where all is coated with a slick of grime, a skein of grease, and such concepts as aspiration, education and betterment extend to an extra pan-load of dripping of a week's end.

I read Book I with enthusiasm, its verse-like format and fragments of historical detail building a picture of his 10th-century followers ("this colourful caravan of committed Cuddy acolytes / this coffin-carrying cult, forever on the flit, / forever making camp and breaking camp") as they travelled with his remains and envisioned a home for them at Durham. In this first story we meet the young cook who is part of the haliwerfolk, feeding the monks with whatever can be found and also tending to their ailments – their aches and pains and even their tooth aches. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The second part is about the building of the cathedral, where a rather nasty incident takes place – although it’s structured like a classic medieval text with huge blocks of text.But I can recognise that this is a step up from what Myers has written before, and that it will bring him to the attention of people who perhaps haven't read his work before. In fact, most of Cuthbert’s story takes place after his death, when he is exhumed and moved to safety.

These are some of the most inventive pages, in prose and poetry, in fonts that decrease in size, and in direct quotes from historians who strive to interpret the past.The voice of the saint remains with us throughout, there to receive the prayers of those who believe in his legend and longevity. You may well be inspired to do so, if only to prolong your acquaintanceship with its landscapes and people; but you might equally embark on this journey as I did, knowing next to nothing about the titular figure, and find yourself swept along on a tide of pure literary sensation.

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