All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld
WINNER- 2014 MILES FRANKLIN AWARD
Our Review: All the Birds Singing is a beautifully crafted, suspenseful read that moves with an unsettling force. Living on a desolate island off the English coast, Jake is fiery and fiercely independent, shunning all company except for her loyal dog. She has severed all ties to both happier and bleaker times in Western Australia – she has been extremely careful to cover her tracks. In a complex series of flashbacks, as we start to unravel why she is so deeply emotionally and physically scarred. Then when something or someone, animal, human, or perhaps supernatural, starts brutally picking off her beloved sheep on her remote farm, we wonder if the ghosts from her past will ever cease to prey upon her. Beautifully yet simply written, with a mounting sense of the tension building page upon page, this is an utterly compelling read.
Australian-born, London-based writer Evie Wyld was recently named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists for 2013. She was longlisted for the 2014 Stella Awards.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books