The Lighthouse

Author(s): Alison Moore

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The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman. In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents' broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find. He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around. At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.

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'A haunting and accomplished novel' Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday

Man Booker Shortlist 2012

Melancholy and haunting. The sense of loneliness and discomfort and rejection is compelling, the low-key prose carefully handled. It's a serious novel with a distinctive and unsettling atmosphere -- Margaret Drabble. It is this accumulation of the quotidian, in prose as tight as Magnus Mills's, which lends Moore's book its standout nature, and brings the novel to its ambiguous, thrilling end -- Philip Womack The Telegraph * It all stokes a sense of ominousness that makes the denouement not a bit less shocking -- Hephzibah Anderson Daily Mail * A haunting and accomplished novel -- Katy Guest Independent on Sunday

Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971. Her stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies including Best British Short Stories 2011. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize, and for the Scott Prize for her first collection. She won first prize in the novella category of The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes. She lives near Nottingham with her husband Dan and son Arthur.

General Fields

  • : 9780857869951
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : July 2012
  • : 129mm X 198mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alison Moore
  • : Paperback
  • : Export
  • : 823.914
  • : 192