'A modern gothic triumph' Max Porter
The Bass Rock has for centuries watched over the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries the fates of three women are linked: to this place, to each other.
In the early 1700s, Sarah, accused of being a witch, flees for her life.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth navigates a new house, a new husband and the strange waters of the local community.
Six decades later, the house stands empty. Viv, mourning the death of her father, catalogues Ruth's belongings and discovers her place in the past - and perhaps a way forward.
Each woman's choices are circumscribed by the men in their lives. But in sisterhood there is the hope of survival and new life...
WINNER OF THE STELLA PRIZE
PRAISE FOR THE BASS ROCK:
'Daring, heartfelt, explosive' Daisy Johnson
'A vividly imagined portrait' Sunday Times
'Dark, disturbing and very sophisticated' William Boyd
'Wonderfully subtle and magnificently savage' Claire Fuller
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Bass Rock goes further in exploring the gothic elements Evie Wyld has embraced in her previous prize-winning novels. It’s a rewarding move, as this is a darkly compelling story that follows three woman across separate moments in time, tied together by personal circumstance and a connection to the misshapen rock island, off the coast of Scottish homes. Opening in the modern day with Viv, the story jumps to Ruth who moved into the same house post-World War II before lurching back further Sarah—who was accused of witchcraft in the 1700s. A historical framing of the nature of violence against women over tense, flowing chapters, Wyld sketches out her characters with skill and through striking gothic motifs. Not least that titular rock.