The Offing

The Offing

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...

  • 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...

  • Anna 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...

  • 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...

  • Rebecca

    With the Second World War only recently ended and nothing awaiting him apart from the coal mine where his father works, sixteen-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on a journey. From his home in County...

  • 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...

  • Kate

    The initial section - with a young boy wandering the English countryside — made me instantly compare this book to the Tim Pears West Country trilogy (specifically the middle book, The Wanderers), th...