The Wake (novel)

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The Wake
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AuthorPaul Kingsnorth
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesBuckmaster trilogy
GenreHistorical fiction
Set inThe Lincolnshire Fens during the Norman Invasion
PublisherUnbound Digital
Publication date
April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30)

The Wake is a 2014 novel by British author Paul Kingsnorth. Written in an "imaginary language", a kind of hybrid between Old English and Modern English,[1][2] it tells of "Buccmaster of Holland",[2] an Anglo-Saxon freeman forced to come to terms with the effects of the Norman Invasion of 1066, during which his wife and sons were killed.[3] He begins a guerrilla war against the Norman invaders in the Lincolnshire Fens.[2][4]

The book, whose publication was financed through crowdfunding,[5] was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize[6] and won the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize.[7] The film rights were acquired by actor and director Mark Rylance.[5][8]

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  1. ^ Maloney, Jennifer (27 August 2015). "The Wake Poses Readers a Novel Challenge". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Thorpe, Adam (2 April 2014). "The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth review 'A literary triumph'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ Sethi, Anita (10 May 2015). "The Wake review – Paul Kingsnorth's innovative, 'shadow language' novel". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  4. ^ McBride, Eimear (27 August 2014). "1066 and all that: Eimear McBride on The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth". New Statesman. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b Shapiro, Ari (27 August 2015). "The Wake is an Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language". NPR. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ "The Wake — Paul Kingsnorth". Man Booker Prize. 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Mark Rylance-backed novel wins £5,000 literary prize". BBC News Online. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Mark Rylance film option is latest coup for crowd-funded novel, The Wake". The Guardian. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2015.