Advent Calendar – December 14th

Time to open another window on the Literary Advent Calendar and today’s choice is by Alison Layland, author of Someone Else’s Conflict.

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Alison has chosen Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.

Alison says: ‘Riddley Walker is set in Kent several hundred years after a nuclear holocaust has destroyed civilisation. People live in primitive communities, trying to regain the knowledge they have lost. The language – a broken-down yet incredibly expressive version of the English they would have spoken – is a unique and evocative feature of the novel, sparkling with wit and wordplay, from the names to the way half-remembered science is woven into legends and stories. Even the traditional Punch and Judy show takes on a whole new depth and meaning. Full of dark humour, Russell Hoban’s novel conveys a bleak vision leavened with hope and humanity. I have revisited this amazing book many times, immersing myself in its world and bringing something new back every time.’

Alison Layland

Alison Layland

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