Sarah Pinborough's British Fantasy Award winning novella - finally released in paperback. A beautiful, harrowing, heartbreaking story, told with exquisite truth.
Tonight is a special terrible night.
A woman sits at her father's bedside, watching the clock tick away the last hours of his life. Her brothers and sisters - all broken, their bonds fragile - have been there for the past week, but now she is alone.
And that's when it always comes.
The clock ticks, the darkness beckons.
If it comes at all.
About the Author
Sarah Pinborough lives in Milton Keynes where she works as a full time, award-winning, writer and script-writer. Her published work, almost all of which is optioned for TV or film adaptation, includes the stunning novella The Language of Dying, THE DOG FACED GODS series, THE HIDDEN KINGDOM series, THE NOWHERE CHRONICLES (as Sarah Silverwood) and two standalone novels: The Death House and 13 Minutes.
A beautiful story, honestly told - Neil GaimanThe Language of Dying
will take your breath away
, and send shivers up your spine
, as it did mine at times. But only after it's broken your heart
This is writing in another league: honest, courageous, startling and absolutely lucid
- Graham Joyce
Captures the haunting and mundane
vigil as a loved one nears death as well as the complexities of how families deal with this tension. Moments of strange fantasy
make this meditation on loss both unexpected and meaningful
A beautiful novel
short, sharp and told with painful honesty, which I would say is the product of a writer at the very top of her game
- The Independent
The contrast of beauty and despair is one that makes this book powerful and unforgettable
This is scary, and terrifying, miserable and horrifying, and yet it sucks you in from the very first page
through to the last, and will stick in your mind for a long time after you've closed the book - British Fantasy SocietyA wonderful novella
, The Language of Dying
is a breathtakingly honest portrayal of real people going through tough times - The Big Issue