Author(s): David Park
Set in a frozen winter landscape, the new novel from the prize-winning, acclaimed author David Park is a psychologically astute, expertly crafted portrait of a father's inner life and a family in crisisAn Irish Times Book of 2018I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say. The world is shrouded in snow. Transport has ground to a halt. Tom must venture out into a transformed and treacherous landscape to collect his son, sick and stranded in student lodgings. But on this solitary drive from Belfast to Sunderland, Tom will be drawn into another journey, one without map or guide, and is forced to chart pathways of family history haunted by memory and clouded in regret. Written in spare, crystalline prose by one of the most important voices in contemporary Irish writing, Travelling in a Strange Land is a work of exquisite loss and transformative grace. It is a novel about fathers and sons, grief, memory, family and love; about the gulfs that lie between us and those we love, and the wrong turns that we take on our way to find them.
Set in a frozen winter landscape, the new novel from the prize-winning, acclaimed author David Park is a psychologically astute, expertly crafted portrait of a father's inner life and a family in crisis
An extraordinary novel, at once startling and quietly brilliant. David Park is a one of Ireland's great novelists and this is, perhaps, his best -- Roddy Doyle This is a father and son novel of rare intensity. We are taken on an unforgettable winter journey and, like in a skid, we have no idea which way we'll be facing by the end. He writes with a focus and precision which wrings the heart -- Bernard MacLaverty I just loved the David Park. Everything about it. It's just a profound and beautifully sad work and if you want to know what great writing is, it's right there -- Niall MacMonagle David Park is now one of the best British novelists. He's perfected his art. His new book qualifies him as the Belfast Turgenev ... One of the truest observers of life ... he is even more compelling on his favourite subject, the delicate balance which ties, and taunts, fathers and sons. This touching story of a ruminating father's solitary journey to Scotland to bring home his sick son for Christmas is one of his best yet. It has all of Park's magic, melancholy and tenderness, and is, in more ways than one, an absolute dream * Big Issue * Park appears to write effortlessly, with one foot planted firmly in the canon of traditional Irish lyricism and another flirting with modern parlance ... His emotional intelligence is remarkable * Daily Mail * Somehow he writes with both grace and muscularity, and every page resounds with the sort of truthfulness that stirs deep recognitions in the reader -- Joseph O'Connor A writer's writer ... Park is to be commended for his great skill with language and emotion -- John Boyne One of the shrewdest observers of the way we live now * Independent * He is an astute storyteller whose vision is sustained by instinct, intelligent observation, and a sense of responsibility * Irish Times *
David Park has written ten previous books including The Light of Amsterdam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Prize, The Poets' Wives, which was selected as Belfast's Choice for One City One Book 2014, and The Truth Commissioner, which was adapted into a TV drama for BBC Two. He has won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. He has received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. David Park lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.