Posted on 23rd June 2014

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The Dig

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. The Dig by Cynan Jones was read by the Whitley Bay Reading Group from Whitley Bay and below are reviews from its reading group members.  “The…

Posted on 19th June 2014

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The Dig

The Dig is astounding. It is one of the most powerful novels I have read in a very long time. Intense, raw, sometimes brutal, it is a perfect corrective to our notion of the rural idyll. It is a very short novel that feels vast and broad because of its mythic quality. I would never…

Posted on 23rd May 2014

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The Dig

The Dig is a slender but powerful book in which, by whittling away all extraneous elements, Jones carves out a story which is both raw and graceful. It seems fitting that Jones describes his book as a ‘short novel’ rather than a novella: like his characters, he prefers plain words. The Dig is a short…