Wordpool Presents…. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney HB cover

We are excited that Andrew Michael Hurley is launching his novel The Loney at Blackpool Central Library on Thursday 10th September, 6.30pm. 

The Loney is the modern classic set on England’s northwest coast, it is a tale that sucks you in like the tide and envelops you in a thick fog which’ll keep you guessing which way the story will turn next.

Join us as Andrew talks about the book’s main themes, why he wrote the book and some of his influences. Andrew will be reading some extracts from The Loney followed by a Q&A.

Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire, where he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. He has had two collections of short stories published by Lime Tree Press. The Loney is his first novel.

£3.00 ticket price includes refreshments. Tickets are available from Blackpool Central Library or from Eventbrite.

‘Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both’Sunday Telegraph

“If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is. I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget . . .”

The Loney transcends its generic roots by virtue of its depth and subtlety, imbuing horror with an intimacy, flavor and scent, meanwhile suggesting that horror’s true face is meaningless, indifferent – and brilliantly blank.’  – Grace McCleen, author of The Offering

“The Loney is a stunning novel – about faith, the uncanny, strange rituals, and the oddity of human experience. Beautifully written, it’s immensely entertaining, but also deep and wide. A moving evocation of desolate wilderness and a marvel of complex characterization, The Loney is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years.” – Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times-bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy

“I can’t remember a more confident debut: a mingling of horror, domestic strife and metaphysical ambiguities set against an arrestingly vivid landscape. Brilliant. – Adam Thorpe, author of Ulverton and Pieces of Light

“A modern classic: superbly eerie, beautifully human and immensely readable.” Adam Roberts, author of Jack Glass and Salt

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