Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

Published: 6 June 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781783784462

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Published: 20 September 2018
Hardback, B Format
129x198mm, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781783784455

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'I have never read a novel this slender that holds inside it quite so much. Wild, calm, dark yet hopeful... This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully that as soon as I'd finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again' Jessie Burton

It is high summer in rural Northumberland. Seventeen-year-old Silvie and her parents have joined an encampment run by an archaeology professor with an interest in the region's dark history of ritual sacrifice. As Silvie finds a glimpse of new freedoms with the professor's students, her relationship with her overbearing father begins to deteriorate, until the haunting rites of the past begin to bleed into the present.

About the author

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Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of four novels: Cold Earth, Night Waking, which was selected for the Fiction Uncovered Award in 2011, Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children; and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Reykjavik, and wrote an account of her time there in Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta 2012), which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013. Her novel The Tidal Zone will be published by Granta in summer 2016. More about the author


Ghost Wall grabs you by the guts and never lets go. DazzlingElizabeth Day



A coming-of-age story with rare power and startling depth

A burnished gem... brilliant


CompellingBooks of the Year

Exquisite...will send shivers down your spine

I love this book. Ghost Wall requires you to put your life on hold while you finish it. It draws you into its unusual world and, with quiet power and menace, keeps you there until the very last page. Silvie's story isn't one you will ever forgetMaggie O'Farrell

Moss's star is firmly in the ascendantBooks of the Year

Stunningly good

‘A taut tale alive with intelligence and sensuousness‘Books of the Year’

‘A worthy match for 3 a.m. disquiet, a book that evokes existential dread, but contains it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle’

‘An amazing story ... disturbing and touching at the same time’ Maggie O'Farrell

‘An instant classicEmma Donoghue

‘As brief and unsettling as a bolt of lightning’

‘Eerie and gripping’

‘Further proof that Moss is one of our very best contemporary novelists.... Ghost Wall is an intoxicating concoction; inventive, intelligent, and like no other author's work’

‘I'm a great fan of Sarah Moss's work; she combines poetic sensibility with great storytelling... Moss is brilliant on atmosphereJohn Boyne

‘Stunningly good... Over a staggeringly short distance Moss creates and manipulates an atmosphere of extreme tension... As the story edges towards its climax, Moss appears to collapse layers of history, to render skin and knife and rope identical across millennia’

‘This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully, that as soon as I'd finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again’ Jessie Burton, author

‘This divided country's most urgent novelistBooks of the Year

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