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The North Shore

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349727318

Price: £9.99

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‘Brilliant: singular, unsettling and mutative‘ ROSIE ANDREWS, author of THE LEVIATHAN

The strange events of this story have haunted me‘ NAOMI BOOTH

A beautiful, moving, unexpected novel . . . I will carry it with me for a long time‘ ELVIA WILK

A queer, oneiric, watery fable in which narrative form and logic are in constant fluxTIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

You don’t pass through the North Shore on the way to anywhere else: it is the end of the road. The village was like many along that wild coast; inhabited by those who had always lived there, and always would.

The residents know nature’s tempestuous ways. They batten down the hatches when the storms rip through, and they clear the debris together in the aftermath.

But the morning after one particularly ferocious storm, something is washed up on the beach that has never appeared before. Something that opens the question of what nature, and the North Shore, are truly capable of.

The North Shore is both a powerful story of transformation and a coming-of-age tale. It speaks of the mysteries that lie between the land and the water and the ways in which we use myths and folklore to understand the strangeness of the world.


A mysterious and compelling tale, I really enjoyed it. Landscape and memory shift as though colluding in unsettling the past. Myth competes with truth for attention. The land is a medium for holding or expressing powers we cannot hope to understand.
Lulu Allison
This is a beautiful, moving, unexpected novel. Its smoothness and readability bely its depth and complexity, with narratives so seamlessly interwoven that I can't find the edges. I've learned many things from The North Shore and will carry it with me for a long time
Elvia Wilk
As eerie, bleak and magical as the Norfolk coast itself. An intriguing narrative of twists and turns, stories and myths, truth and fable. Tufnell has captured and distilled the very nature of nostalgia, transforming it into a gripping piece of work that pulls you in, and won't let you go
Nick Bradley, author of The Cat and the City
Brilliant: singular, unsettling and mutative, combining the mythical and the grotesque with sublime writing and an intense fascination with the natural world
Rosie Andrews, bestselling author of THE LEVIATHAN
The North Shore conjures the atmosphere of the Norfolk coast with unnerving beauty. This is an unusual and enthralling novel: the strange events of this story have haunted me.
Naomi Booth
THE NORTH SHORE is a haunting evocation of place told by those who rightly love and fear it. An enticing, wrack-like tangle of myth, mystery and the power of the sea and its stories.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave