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The Look Away

Richard Skelton

Published by Xylem Books

A wounded man in a fugue state hides out in a deserted north-country shieling, convinced that he is pursued. Over the days and weeks that follow, as no one comes to claim him, his mind turns from his pursuers to the hills themselves, and their other-than-human inhabitants. Gradually he is caught up in a drama that can have only one conclusion.

As if Samuel Beckett had written The Goshawk. — Mark Valentine

Richard Skelton is a writer and poet from the north of England. His books include Landings (2009), a deeply personal study of the West Pennine Moors of Lancashire; Limnology (2012), a long form typographical essay on the mythology of rivers, including a glossary of over 1,000 ‘water-words’; and Beyond the Fell Wall (2015), a poetic exploration of the 'inanimate life' of the Cumbrian uplands. He is also co-director of Corbel Stone Press with the Canadian poet Autumn Richardson. Together they edit Reliquiae, a bi-annual literary journal of landscape, nature, and mythology.