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Books in brief: “Beast” by Paul Kingsnorth

"The landscape and the prose share a savagery: punctuation is blown past, retrospection submerged."

By Luke Maxted   August 2016

CR-Beast-final-coverBeast by Paul Kingsnorth (Faber & Faber, £12.99)

In 2001, Paul Kingsnorth was granted honorary membership of the Lani tribe after his campaigns for the secession of the provinces of Papua and West Papua from Indonesia. In the same year, his ecological activism won him a spot on a list of Britain’s “top 10 troublemakers.” And in 2008, Zac Goldsmith announced that “everyone” should read Real England, his polemic against corporatised high streets and homogenised pubs.

His first novel, The Wake, was the story of Buccmaster, an Anglo-Saxon freeman who, after the…

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