Black Dirt

Black Dirt

Nell Leyshon / Feb 28, 2020

Black Dirt Written in a lyrical yet spare style Black Dirt explores the guilty silences that bind family members together and sometimes keep them apart It is the tale of a father and his family told like the l

  • Title: Black Dirt
  • Author: Nell Leyshon
  • ISBN: 9780330420341
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Written in a lyrical yet spare style, Black Dirt explores the guilty silences that bind family members together and sometimes keep them apart It is the tale of a father and his family told, like the layering of the earth, in different tones and textures.

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    About "Nell Leyshon"

      • Nell Leyshon

        Nell Leyshon is a British playwright and novelist born in Glastonbury, Somerset At the age of eleven, she moved to a small farming village on the edge of the Somerset Levels Her first attempts at novels were with a baby on her lap She burned a lot of the early writing, and finally started on Black Dirt, which was her first published novel.While struggling to write prose, she got a commission from BBC Radio 4 to write a radio drama, Milk , which won the Richard Imison Award for best first radio play Her second play, The Farm, was runner up for the Meyer Whitworth Award.Her novel, Black Dirt was published in 2005 and was long listed for the Orange Prize and runner up for the Commonwealth Prize.Her third novel, The Colour of Milk, was published in May 2012 and has won the Prix de l Union Interalliee and was nominated for the Prix Femina in France and was was voted the book of the year in Spain Her most recent novel, Memoirs of a Dipper was published in 2015.


    1. An unusual book with a strong sense of place (the Somerset Levels) and the myths of English history; Jesus and Joseph of Arimathea visiting Glastonbury, Arthur and Merlin, Alfred and the cakes, the dissolution of the monasteries. These myths are woven into the thoughts of a dying man as he remembers his own father and childhood and tries to retain his hold on the present and his own grown children. He gradually begins to recall a terrible family secret. An easy-paced thoughtful book which is an [...]

    2. I picked this up in a charity shop when staying in Wells, Somerset. I barely even glanced at the blurb buying it on the strength of having read and enjoyed Leyshon's "Devotion" previously. I couldn't have been more pleased when I picked it up and started reading it after an afternoon in the sunshine at Glastonbury Abbey to discover it is set in that very same location! No doubt this made me reading of it far more enjoyable, and I pretty much read it in one sitting. It's a wonderful short novel a [...]

    3. In July, I read The Colour of Milk by British author and playwright Nell Leyshon. Leyshon is quickly becoming one of my favorites. She writes lyrically with a certain sparseness. I appreciate how she creates a strong sense of place in so few words. A minimalist author. Is that a thing? Black Dirt is the story of one man’s childhood history told in a series of flashbacks from his sickbed/deathbed (which is also the room where he was born.) As morphine brings memories to the surface, each recoll [...]

    4. This was a very interesting story. The novel centres around Frank, an old man lying in bed after being in hospital. While he lies he remembers stories told to him by his father, diverse stories of old and legends. Interwoven into the story is the tale of Frank's sister Iris and what she did. I thought that this book was great, I loved the little stories which were told by Frank's father. I suppose the only real downside to the book was that it was fairly obvious what Iris was going to do. An emo [...]

    5. Like 'The Colour of Milk', 'Black Dirt' comes in a compact volume perfect for on-the-go consumption. The writer captures the voice of a young boy honestly, and whizzes you through stories within stories. Along the way, there are clear warnings that you are headed towards an inevitable tragedy, but you just can't stop diving headlong into it.

    6. Read this as it was my book group choice for October. A very strange book! Not quite sure what it was meant to be about and it didn't really go anywhere. That said, I actually quite enjoyed reading it and found myself wanting to pick it up . you'll have to read it to make up your own mind, I'm afraid!

    7. Odd and endearing. Broken and visionary. A strange read but one I won't forget in a hurry. I loved the hazy drug tinged memories and the way that slowly through them the truth came into focus.

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