‘Elmet’ short-listed for Man Booker Prize

If doing a PhD was not enough to contend with, WRoCAH student Fiona Mozley has also written a novel. This is no ordinary novel and has been confirmed today as one of the six books on the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker prize.

Her novel, Elmet, is described by The Guardian as an “elemental, contemporary rural noir steeped in the literature and legend of the Yorkshire landscape and its medieval history. Doncaster is the nearest orienting location, the geographic heart of the ancient kingdom from which the novel takes its name and on which Ted Hughes based the Remains of Elmet cycle of poems.”

Fiona’s PhD research is into the experience of the forest in medieval England, and she is based in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.