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Three women connected in time by the looming presence of “The Bass Rock,” a massive rock island off the coast of Scotland, are haunted by ghosts and fears. An expertly layered suspenseful novel that explores male violence against women. Part gothic novel, part family saga, part ghost story. You will want to slow down to take in every powerful description. The November BookHampton Cook Club selection.

— Eve



The lives of three women weave together across centuries in this dazzling and empowering portrait of their resilience through the ages.

Sarah, accused of being a witch, is fleeing for her life.

Ruth, in the aftermath of World War II, is navigating a new marriage and the strange waters of the local community.

Six decades later, Viv, still mourning the death of her father, is cataloging Ruth's belongings in Ruth's now-empty house.

As each woman's story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that their choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men who seek to control them. But in sisterhood there is also the possibility of survival and a new way of life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns bright with love and fury--a devastating indictment of violence against women.

About the Author

EVIE WYLD's debut novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second novel, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Encore Award and the European Union Prize for Literature, and it was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Best Novel. In 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525432708
ISBN-10: 0525432701
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English