The Bass Rock: A Novel (Paperback)
WINNER OF THE STELLA PRIZE • ONE OF VOGUE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
The lives of three women weave together across centuries in this dazzling and empowering portrait of their resilience through the ages.
Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has always borne witness to the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries, the fates of three women are inextricably linked to this place and to one another: Sarah, accused of being a witch, is fleeing for her life; Ruth, in the aftermath of the Second World War, is navigating a new marriage and the strange waters of the local community; and six decades later, Viv, still mourning the death of her father, is cataloging Ruth's belongings in the now-empty house.
As each woman's story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that their choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, by the men who seek to control them. But in sisterhood there is also the possibility of survival and a new way of life. Intricately crafted and compulsively readable, The Bass Rock burns bright with love and fury—a devastating indictment of violence against women and an empowering portrait of their resilience through the ages.
About the Author
Evie Wyld’s debut novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second novel, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Encore Prize, and the European Union Prize for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. She is also the author of the graphic novel Everything Is Teeth. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in London.
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
VOGUE • THE GUARDIAN
WINNER OF THE 2021 STELLA PRIZE
“A wondrous and disturbing novel . . . Observant, melodic, imaginative . . . . Wyld consistently entertains, juggling the pleasures of several different genres.” —The New York Times
“Gripping . . . . A haunted house of a novel, as intricately built as relentlessly ominous . . . . Wyld is so controlled and subtle a storyteller that her themes remain elegantly beneath the surface. What carries you along is the vivid description and an atmosphere of rising dread.” —Vogue
“An expertly layered, quietly suspenseful novel . . . . [Wyld is] a consummately sly storyteller.” —Wall Street Journal
“Riveting . . . . Powerful . . . . Like any good gothic novel, there is a dark old house full of noises and things that go bump in the night.” —Brooklyn Rail
“Like Sarah Waters and Attica Locke, Hannah Kent and Celeste Ng, Evie Wyld writes novels that are fast-paced page-turners with meticulously crafted narratives.” —Chicago Review of Books
“A haunting survival tale that lingers long after the last page . . . Steeped in grief and teeming with ghosts, Wyld’s new novel explores violence against women throughout time . . . . Time and time again, Wyld artfully proves the female body knows (even if the mind won’t accept) the dangers lurking all around.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hard to stop reading.” —Booklist
“A gothic novel, a family saga and a ghost story rolled into one . . . Psychologically fearless . . . . Searingly controlled . . . Wyld is a genius of contrasting voices and revealed connections.” —The Guardian
“A multilayered masterpiece; vivid, chilling, leaping jubilantly through space and time, it’s a jaw dropping novel that confirms Wyld as one of our most gifted young writers.” —Observer (UK)
“Tremendous . . . a powerful and beautifully written narrative of male violence and the three women who endured it.” —William Boyd, The Telegraph
“Wyld is unhesitatingly brave in her writing . . . . Her prose shines, even as it devours.” —Financial Times
“Wyld’s skilfully woven narrative will keep you turning towards a final, unexpected twist." —Evening Standard
“Vivid and gripping.” —Irish Times