The Devil's Highway
Three journeys. Three thousand years. One destination. The Devil's Highway is a thrilling, epic and timely tale of love, loss, fanaticism, heroism and sacrifice. `A work of staggering imagination' Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey His fingers fastened about Her stone. He brought it to the light and held it to his nose. There was lightning locked inside. He rolled the stone in his palm to give it the heat of his body. She had come to him, catching his eye where she lay among dull flints. She alone among the stones had spoken. An ancient British boy, discovering a terrorist plot, must choose between his brother and his tribe. In the twenty-first century, two men - one damaged by war, another by divorce - clash over their differing claims on the land, and a young girl is caught between them. In the distant future, a gang of feral children struggles to reach safety in a burning world. A Roman road, an Iron Age hill fort, a hand-carved flint, and a cycle of violence that must be broken. As gripping as it is dazzling, The Devil's Highway is a bold and intimate novel that spans centuries and challenges our dearest assumptions about what it means to be civilised.
`A fierce, immersive vision of a novel. Wise, humane but never sentimental, The Devil's Highway is a story of love, rebellion, trauma and survival. It is the story of our relationship with the natural world - of how we got here, and where we might go next. No story could be more important' Tom Bullough, author of Addlands `This is a work of staggering imagination, of unflinching acuity, powerful, poetic and profound. Telling the story of climate breakdown through language breakdown, it magnifies the meaning of loss, portraying a devastated culture without history or literature, whose language is down to its bleached bones and yet - how those bones sing' Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey `Extraordinary and important: taut, clear-eyed, bleak, tender, and ultimately redemptive' Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast `A striking and dazzlingly poetic meditation on the resonance of place, conflict and kinship. . . . Unfurling like a time-lapse flower across three thousand years, Norminton's skilfully-wrought novel is a memorable and thought-provoking read'Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture `Through three intertwined stories set on the Surrey Heaths, The Devil's Highway deftly conjures the vertiginous shiver of time passing through place - and raises vital questions about our future' Melissa Harrison author of At Hawthorn Time `The Devil's Highway is held together by place, by the persistence and frailty of the natural world, and by the havoc wreaked on it by its human inhabitants. Spanning three civilisations and their conflictual relationship with the world in which they live, the novel is also a deeply human examination of the cruelties people inflict on one another, through war and need, and of the eventual possibility of love, the only defence against the destructive force of fire' Charles Lambert, author of The Children's Home
Gregory Norminton is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories and a book of aphorism. He teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Sheffield. www.gregorynorminton.co.uk