To read Beast is a joy. Prose and gaze are inseparable, and Kingsnorth’s gaze is so intense it forces a similar intensity from the reader … The more of Kingsnorth’s intensity you survive, the more you can manage … You feel alive.
M John Harrison, Guardian
Kingsnorth’s style is a kind of ancient modernism, and he’s really the only writer doing anything like it. His taste for self-isolation has produced writing that is both powerful and singular – Beckett doing Beowulf.
London Review of Books
With its ruggedly handsome descriptions of nature and portentous spiritual self-reflection, Beast feels like Robert Macfarlane re-written by Cormac McCarthy . . . the spell is never broken.
Beast continues Kingsnorth’s powerful exploration of the connection between people, place and prose . . . this is a novel bravely wrestling not only with the bestial, but with what it is that makes us human.
This is a powerful, claustrophobic novel, rendered with a minimum of the usual literary props, coaxing us into a single, damaged mind that disarmingly illustrates the universal condition.
Adam Thorpe, Times Literary Supplement
A potent, chilling but intoxicating fable, one that builds in unbearable intensity and beguiles with unflinching prose while charting the hopes and traumas of an unknowable man.
Eeerily arresting . . . the book brings to mind such films as Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man and Michael Reeves’s Witchfinder General . . . There is much potent writing, calm wisdom and quiet understanding in this book. Beast offers a message for the future as well as a robust challenge to the present.
Beast, my second novel, is the tale of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on a west-country moor. What he has left behind we don’t yet know; what he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements and with something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
A portrait of isolation, instinct and a lonely spiritual quest, Beast makes up the second part of the thematic trilogy which began with my first novel, The Wake. It was published in July 2016 by Faber and Faber.