Posted on 22nd October 2015

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The Offering Review by Close Encounters

The group agreed that “The Offering”, by Grace McCleen, was well-written and very readable. The vivid voice of the narrator carries the reader through the story: her description of the natural landscape of the island is sensuous throughout, while her ability to create a sense of foreboding, particularly around the house, garden and the office of Dr…

Posted on 8th August 2015

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Q&A with Grace McCleen

How would you describe The Offering to a reading group?  A novel concerned with sin, repetition and redemption.   What inspired you to write The OfferingA moonlit walk.   The Offering gives the reader a vivid insight into mental health. What research was required to make this complex subject matter authentic?  None at all….

Posted on 6th August 2015

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Backlist: Grace McCleen

The Land of Decoration Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize Winner of the Betty Trask Award. A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK Blissfully inventive, brilliantly written, with a huge heart, and a tense, pulsing plot: The Land of Decoration introduces a young heroine who will change the way you see the world. My name is Judith…

Posted on 5th August 2015

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Reviews: The Offering

Strange and beautiful (Hope Whitmore, Independent on Sunday) Grace McCleen’s talent for description, especially when portraying the natural world, is quite exquisite. (Carol Midgley, The Times) The richness with which Madeline describes her febrile younger self contrasts heartbreakingly with the glassy, emotionally neutered life she inhabits now…a bold, mature, terribly sad novel. (Claire Allfree, Daily…

Posted on 4th August 2015

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Celebrating the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize Winners: Grace McCleen

Every week until the beginning of September, we’re celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Grace McCleen who won with her novel, The Offering. “Prose as controlled and lyrical as the story within, the novel is disturbing and mysterious.” Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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The Offering

“Prose as controlled and lyrical as the story within, the novel is disturbing and mysterious.” Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of The Word Factory Synopsis: I thought it began the day Father came home without work. Then I thought perhaps it really began the day we arrived at the farm, rumbled up the track, opened…