Will is an extraordinary successful wildlife photographer; rich, famous and revered. So why does he try to commit suicide at the teeth and claws of a polar bear?
A dark secret haunts his past, and he must return to his native Yorkshire, to his dying father, and the scene of a shattering supernatural incident which he has repressed with all his might. Unless he does so, all life on our world is threatened.
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A boy has an encounter with a man who causes extinctions of other species, and as a result grows up to be a man who documents (and thus appeals for a halt to) those extinctions. This dark fantasy tale is unlike most of Clive Barker's work, being more tightly plotted, and more of this world. In a sequence of well-executed stories within stories (comparable to Russian dolls), Barker unfolds a compelling examination of what it means to be human, to be a man and, more specifically, to be a gay man on a planet where ageing, disease and death bring "the passing of things, of days and beasts and men he'd loved." A satisfying long novel packed with vivid images, memorable characters and a melancholy mood that reaches for hope.Review:
‘A gripping book that weaves a compulsive spell… vintage Barker’
‘Barker’s unique brand of eco-mysticism weaves as potent a spell as ever’
‘The premier metaphysicist of contemporary fiction. Breathtaking.’
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Book Description London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. 434 pages. True 1st: this British edition was issued simultaneously with the US edition (and probably had a much smaller print run, also the dj art differs). New, unread copy: I bought it new from a British dealer in 1996, never read it, stored it carefully over the years. The result: it's perfect. It has NO markings throughout, NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped ("L15.99"). Fine in Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 001799