2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · contemporary fiction · literary · Scotland

Book Broadcast: Fallow by Daniel Shand


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

fallow smallAbout Fallow:

Two brothers elude a press witchhunt by hiding out in the remote wilds of highland Scotland.

One of them is a murderer.

But it’s the other you have to watch out for…

Daniel Shand’s brilliant debut is at once a tense psychological thriller, and an unreliable narrative of unsettling force. Fallow heralds the arrival of a startling new talent in literary fiction.

The publisher, Pan Macmillan Australia, sent me Fallow, by Daniel Shand for a review. I must say I was immediately taken in by the dramatic cover of this book. It features the striking image of a stag. It definitely caught my eye. When I perused the blurb, I was drawn to the setting of this novel, which takes place in the remote wilds of highland Scotland. I did read this book, or rather skim it is a better word. Unfortunately, the writing didn’t capture my attention and the dialogue turned me off (frequent coarse language). While this is my own personal opinion, fans of literary novels may find this book holds appeal. Fallow was the winner of the 2017 Betty Trask Prize, which is an award bequeathed to first time authors, under 35 years of age. Fallow has also been endorsed by respected author Joanne Harris of Chocolat fame, who states on the front cover “a road trip, a modern Biblical parable and a tense psychological thriller with echoes of Cormac McCarthy”. Decide for yourself on this one.

Fallow by Daniel Shand is published on January 11th 2018 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

*I wish to thank Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.


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