Andrew Michael Hurley on Starve Acre

The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five.

Topping and Company Bookshop, Bath

Wednesday 13th November, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place. Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

'Hurley is fantastically adept at conveying something beyond the natural or the normal,' -The Observer.

'Hurley’s work is like a reincarnation of novels such as John Buchan’s Witch Wood or the stories of M.R. James. His prose is precise and his eye gimlet.' -The Spectator.

Venue Information

Topping and Company Bookshop
The Paragon
United Kingdom

About the Book

Starve Acre
Starve Acre

Andrew Michael Hurley

Publisher:John Murray Press

Publication date:29 Oct 2019


4.06 out of 5
9 reviews
"Andrew Michael Hurley returns to a strange but familiar terrain"
Times Literary Supplement
"A deeply unsettling tale, superbly told"
The Bookseller
"The award-wining novelist returns with a gothic terror tale set in a haunted house"
The Sunday Times
"Starve Acre, leaner and perhaps even more unsettling than its predecessors, may well be his best novel so far"
The Times
"demands a phenomenal control of language and atmosphere to work at all, and Hurley provides it in spades"
The Spectator
"(a) chilling novel redolent of 70s folk-horror"
The Observer
"Andrew Michael Hurley knows his shtick and he is sticking to it."
The Scotsman
"Starve Acre is a haunting portrait of what happens in the liminal space between grief and insanity."
Irish Times
"I would hope to see him being a little more adventurous – and less accommodating – on his next outing."
The Guardian

The new novel from 'the new master of menace' (Sunday Times)