The Offing

The Offing

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After all, there are only a few things truly worth fighting for: freedom, of course, and all that it brings with it. Poetry, perhaps, and a good glass of wine. A nice meal. Nature. Love, if you're lucky.

One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea.

Staying with Dulcie, Robert’s life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.

From the Walter Scott Prize-winning author of The Gallows Pole comes a powerful new novel about an unlikely friendship between a young man and an older woman, set in the former smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Title:The Offing
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781526611314
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    The Offing Reviews

  • Nigeyb

    A beautiful book. I must confess I adore books which eulogise a lost, perfect Summer. 'The Offing' contained echoes of 'A Month in the Country' by J.L. Carr, and 'The Go-Between' by L.P. Hartley, whic...

  • Paul

    This is one of those novels that evokes a time and has someone looking back to that time. It bears comparison to Carr’s A Month in the Country and The Go-Between by Hartley. It is set just after the...

  • Hugh

    For such a prolific writer, Myers sets very high standards. His last novel before this one was the wonderful The Gallows Pole, and between them he also published a beautiful non-fiction book about his...

  • Eric Anderson

    With our current political preoccupations concerning citizenship, immigration and nationality there’s a lot of talk about borders. (What borders will be formed between the UK and Europe?) But in Ben...

  • luce

    ★★★★✰ 4 stars“That distant stretch of sea where sky and water merge. It’s called the offing.”Written in a verdant prose Benjamin Myers’ novel is an ode to nature. The Offing is narra...

  • Emily M

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, to really sink into it. It seemed like a good moment to read a heartwarming tale of a golden summer and life lessons learned between an older woman and a teenage...

  • Jackie Law

    The Offing, by Benjamin Myers, is written in prose that is as mesmerising as poetry. The author conjures up a potent sense of place, rendering the beauty and power of nature alongside man’s small pl...

  • Tom Mooney

    Exquisite. Myers is without doubt one of the greatest British writers at work today. This new novel is as close to perfect as you'll find. An ode to many things, among them poetry, the sea, the north,...

  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

    An unrelentingly beautiful book, so gently glorious and gloriously gentle. I could not have predicted it from Ben Myers’ in a million years, but here it is: A Month in the Country remade, and John C...

  • Nigel

    I really enjoyed this - it was a deeply satisfying read. The writing was exceptional, very rich and with words in I had to look up - rare these days. Both Robert and Dulcie were great characters and t...