Clay

paperback cover“Instantly beautiful” – Robert Macfarlane

“The most powerful and original debut novel I’ve read for years” – A.N. Wilson

“Brilliant and beautiful… Both an aching celebration and a lament” – The Literary Review

“Harrison, a nature writer if ever there was one, is reaching after something else – a communal style (reminiscent of that of Nan Shepherd a century ago) with a formal determination to meet shared needs. It’s beautifully written and doesn’t compromise” – Ali Smith, The New Statesman Books of the Year 2013

“Melissa Harrison effortlessly inserts her modern dystopian tale of loneliness and urban decay into the history of English landscape writing, which includes such disparate sensibilities as Wordsworth, Hardy and TH White” – Jane Smiley, Harper’s Magazine (US)

“An assured debut novel that reads like the work of a much more experienced author. Expect great things of Harrison” – The London Evening Standard

Clay was published in January 2013 and is a set text on the HSC reading list in New South Wales, Australia. You can read an extract by clicking here, or find out more about it here.

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