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Folk
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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A captivating, magical and haunting debut novel of breathtaking imagination, from the winner of the 2014 Costa Short Story Award Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows the wounds and fears and furies of a village year. The remote island village of Neverness is a world far from our time and place. The air hangs rich with the coconut-scent of gorse and the salty bite of the sea. Harsh winds scour the rocky coastline. The villagers' lives are inseparable from nature and its enchantments. Verlyn Webbe, born with a wing for an arm, unfurls his feathers in defiance of past shame; Plum is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair; little Crab Skerry takes his first run through the gorse-maze; Madden sleepwalks through violent storms, haunted by horses and her father's wishes. As the tales of this island community interweave over the course of a generation, their earthy desires, resentments, idle gossip and painful losses create a staggeringly original world. Crackling with echoes of ancient folklore, but entirely, wonderfully, her own, Zoe Gilbert's Folk is a dark, beautiful and intoxicating debut.
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Moray_Reads
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Probably the closest to a #perfect collection of short stories I've ever read. I can't wait to see what Gilbert does next. #AyUpAugust

Oryx What a beautiful cover 4mo
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andrew61
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A book i finished on Sunday and immediately wanted to pick up and reread. Set in a fictional village Neverness it is suffused with magic and folklore in several interconnected stories. Incl waterbulls who ravage yng girls, a 16 yr old girl who makes a fiddle out of her parents secrets, a man with a wing for an arm, girls firing love notes into gorse, being flown like kites into the night sky, et al - full of love, imagination and magic. Loved it.

Cathythoughts A wing for an arm ♥️✨✨✨ 6mo
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jhod
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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Nine days away - first to Ibiza for a friend's wedding, then to Hay. All wonderful but action packed and so the train back to London is my first chance of getting more that a few minutes reading time in! Enjoying this collection of interconnected fairy tales set in Neverness.

TrishB Sounds like fun 👍🏻 6mo
BookaholicNatty Have heard great things about this book!!!! 6mo
teainthelibrary Have fun in Hay - it's an amazing place!! 6mo
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jhod @teainthelibrary certainly is! 6mo
andrew61 I borrowed it from the library myself the other week so plan to start it next - glad you are enjoying it. 6mo
Buechersuechtling Your train ticket causes longing for vacation. My significant other and I, we often went to Great Britain so I have some similar tickets as a souvenir in my drawer. Hope you had a good time and a thrilling read. 6mo
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ThePallaviMohan
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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Some covers beg to be opened.

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valeriegeary
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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Sweet Buddy is moving to Texas tomorrow with his person. So here's one final Listy glamour shot before he goes! I miss him already. 😭🐶🐾

Chelleo So cute 12mo
AlaMich I dunno...Buddy looks pretty comfortable right where he is! 😆 12mo
saresmoore Oh, such a sweetie pie! 12mo
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valeriegeary @AlaMich yeah....I might accidentally hide him in the basement until his person leaves so he can stay with me forever. 😊 12mo
valeriegeary @saresmoore he is the chillest dog. He moseys instead of walks. 😄 12mo
Tamra Lab baby 💜 12mo
kspenmoll What a beautiful dog! 12mo
LeahBergen He‘s a darling! 😭 12mo
valeriegeary @LeahBergen he left yesterday and I miss him so much already! 😢💔 12mo
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valeriegeary
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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I chanced upon this book at the library and was so taken with the cover I had to bring it home. Set in the imaginary sea town of Neverness peopled with some very strange folk. Not a novel, rather a collection of stories with recurring characters and themes. Dark, tangled, filled with wistfulness, heartbreak, longing, and magic. Fairy tales for a new generation. Should be finishing this one up today.
Book 2/4 #yearendclearout

LauraJ Stunning 12mo
TNbookworm What a gorgeous cover💙 12mo
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Lizpixie
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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#BookMail today was all three of my MIA Goldsboro BOTM books. This one was the pick for March. I do love their books, all come signed, most are first editions & limited edition & also come with sprayed edges too a lot of the time. This book is about an island called Neverness on which magical things occur. I‘ve heard it reads more like a short story collection about one place than it does a cohesive novel. We shall see.💁🏻‍♀️

laurenbescoby For me is was like lots of short stories, with some characters interwoven. It is very well done and I enjoyed it immensely! 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Love that cover! 💕 2y
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Moray_Reads
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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Zoe Gilbert's collection of interlocking takes is absolutely mesmerising and the cover perfectly captures the atmosphere, it's beautiful but then you realise there's blood spatter on the title and the birds' breaks...
#4newfavsin4days
#4newfavesin4days
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jenniferw88 @Cinfhen is the original host! ❤💋 2y
RealLifeReading Wow that‘s some cover 2y
Cinfhen What a cover❣️❣️❣️thanks for tagging me @jenniferw88 2y
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Kalalalatja What a great photo! 😍😍 2y
LeahBergen This cover is spectacular. 2y
Moray_Reads Thanks for the tip @jenniferw88 and thanks for the challenge @Cinfhen it's always great to see people's newest loves ♥️ 2y
Moray_Reads @RealLifeReading it's gorgeous and also had black sprayed edges. The writing is wonderful too, dark and beautiful 2y
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brendanmleonard
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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Book mail! I have been reading a lot of nature and folkloric fiction lately, and I‘ve been gravitating towards work set in the British countryside. I‘m eager to break into my latest import from Zoë Gilbert - look at that cover! And the John Adams book is the latest addition to my ever expanding Library of America collection...even though they only seem to send me titles from the early 1800s. I guess they know I have a #brand ? #readwomen

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DeborahSmall
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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Up next ❤️📚

DGRachel Great cover! 2y
LeahBergen I hope it‘s as great as that cover. Wow! 2y
saresmoore Oooh! 😍 2y
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britt_brooke So pretty! 2y
Kimzey Oh, my! As a folklorist, I feel I need to read this one! Definite stack add! 2y
TrishB Gorgeous ❤️ 2y
DeborahSmall @DGRachel @LeahBergen @saresmoore @britt_brooke @Kimzey with lovely black sprayed edges, definitely a favourite cover! Did you get this BOTM @TrishB ? 💕 2y
TrishB I‘ve cancelled mine for now as I have only read one in the past 6 months - so giving myself a break . I will buy any of them that I would normally buy - if that makes sense?! 2y
DeborahSmall @TrishB I cancelled April‘s, I‘m waiting on Legendary being released as I have the special edition of Caraval, after that I‘m going to cancel then only buy what catches my eye 2y
Moray_Reads I loved this one and bought this copy to replace my e-ARC, it's gorgeous 😍😍 2y
DeborahSmall @Moray_Reads I finished it earlier, loved it! 2y
TrishB I‘m just going to get ones I know I‘m actually dying to read! 2y
Moray_Reads @DeborahSmall she writes so beautifully and I loved the way the stories intersected 2y
DeborahSmall @Moray_Reads the ending was great. Beautiful writing 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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My Goldsboro BOTM also arrived today which is pretty quick for them! The cover is absolutely stunning. 😍😍😍

ephemeralwaltz 😍😍 so pretty 2y
TrishB Lovely pic 💕 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @TrishB thank you! Can I just say how incredibly jealous I am that you‘re seeing Hamilton?! 2y
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TrishB We‘re seeing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child whilst we‘re there too!! Can‘t believe we managed to get the tickets for both and have a long weekend! We‘re all very excited. My daughter knows every word of the Hamilton soundtrack!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Nice pic! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @TrishB Harry Potter is amazing! I saw it last December and loved it so much. 2y
TrishB I‘m really excited about that one too! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @TrishB would love to see Hamilton soon but tickets are so expensive! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon This book sounds pretty amazing! 2y
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DeborahSmall
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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My Goldsboro BOTM is really early this month! Not complaining. Lovely black sprayed edges too ❤️

LeahBergen What a pretty cover. 😍 2y
TricksyTails 😍 Gorgeous! 2y
Kalalalatja Wow! 😍 2y
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Moray_Reads
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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A remarkable collection of closely linked tales that blend Manx folk traditions, the realism of rural life. It reads like a poem and an incantation and fairly thrums with magic and danger. The prose is glorious and the tales themselves are totally absorbing as the characters drift in and out and we see the world reflected through their eyes and themselves reflected in the eyes of others. This is really something special.

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
PagesOfKate Promised myself I wasn't going to order any more books this month....I just broke that promise. 2y
Moray_Reads @PagesOfKate this one is worth it. I only have a digital ARC but I'm seriously tempted to get a hardcopy! 2y
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Kalalalatja Well, you just made it impossible NOT to stack this book 👏👏 2y
saresmoore What an enticing review! 2y
Libby1 Have you been to the Isle of Man? We have family there. This is an excellent review. 2y
Moray_Reads @Libby1 I haven't, I've never been to any of the British Isles except the mainland 2y
LeahBergen Wow! Lovely review. ❤️ 2y
ephemeralwaltz Great review and gorgeous cover! 2y
Heideschrampf ↪️TBR📚! 2y
TrishB 👍🏻 this is Goldsboro BoTM next month 😁 2y
Moray_Reads @TrishB So it is! I'm not a member but in tempted to get this edition... 2y
rohit-sawant Fantastic review! 2y
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Marchpane
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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@Cinfhen ask and you shall receive, here are my #5ToWatch debut authors:

🖋Megan Hunter
🖋Zoe Gilbert (her book Folk is due out next year)
🖋Elizabeth Tan
🖋Emil Ferris (that's her with the sangria🍷)
🖋Beth Lewis 🐺

Tagging anyone and everyone who would like to join in! Let us know the debuts that have impressed you lately 👍

Cinfhen Loving these ladies!!! #screenshot 2y
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Marchpane
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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This book is #amazing. I requested it on Netgalley based on that gorgeous cover, and it did not disappoint. It's not out until February, but I know I will be buying myself a copy. If you are at all into folklore or magical realism, and stories that are dark and sad and wondrous, this is for you.

#SeptemBowie

DivineDiana Yes, gorgeous cover! Glad it is living up to your expectations! 2y
MelissaS Oooh, I‘m off to check out my #netgalley options! 2y
KerriNTurner That's a spectacular cover! I know we're not supposed to judge books by them, but I'd read it just based on that too 😄 2y
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DarcysMom I am so sad that it is not available to US readers on #Netgalley. 2y
Centique Ooh that sounds right up my alley! 2y
readinginthedark 😍😍😍 2y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor
Folk | Zoe Gilbert
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My eye is on this book. UK release in Feb 2018. I'm so intrigued...

ReadingRover I just looked it up and I need that book in my life for so many reasons. It sounds wonderful and the cover is just amazing! 2y
Laura317 The cover is beautiful. 2y
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