The Offing by Benjamin Myers
16 yr old Robert sets out to explore the countryside around his home in the North of England before assuming the role assigned to him by nature of birth and locality. The war has left its’ stain but also infected him with a desire to rebel and explore. Instinctively following an overgrown track to a solitary cottage, he encounters Dulcie, an extraordinary and knowledgeable older woman.
The Offing stole my heart. I wanted to know Robert, Dulcie and Romy (not forgetting Butters). I loved their ethos and their passion and the visceral description of the countryside and coast. Wow!
Reviewed by Vivian