A post-apocalyptic novel set a thousand years ago, Paul Kingsnorth’s account of the resistance to the Norman invasion is a landmark in modern fiction.

Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of a man from the Lincolnshire Fens who, with a fractured band of guerrilla fighters, takes up arms against the invaders. It is a post-apocalyptic story of the brutal shattering of lives, a tale of lost gods and haunted visions, narrated by a man bearing witness to the end of his world.

The Man Booker Prize 2014
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Paul Kingsnorth

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The Worcester-born and home counties-educated Paul Kingsnorth is, to date, the only member of the Booker Prize fraternity also to be a member of the Lani tribe of western Papua New Guinea.
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