The Translation of the Bones, By Francesca Kay
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 08 September 2012
This second fiction by a deeply talented writer unravels a "miracle" in a Catholic church in Battersea.
Kay's richly-characterised urban parish functions as a social microcosm. With its fine-grained pattern of voices, its relish for the surreal jostlings of inner-city life, its tender lyricism, the novel offers insight and uplift but no mystical schmaltz.
A raw tragedy will cast all faith into doubt. As a channeller of south-London spirituality, Kay belongs in the hallowed company of Spark and Greene.
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