The Offing by Benjamin Myers


Sevenoaks 2020 Book of the Year


The book I most wanted to inhabit, to escape 2020 realities and live the life of the character in the pages – the sea, nature, art, poetry, friendship, hope… I have recommended it so many times and had such wonderful responses from customers of all ages.


This is a little glow of joy which has stayed with me for months after I read it  – a perfect balance sadness and light, and of nature and people beautifully observed.

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One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. 16 and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea. Staying with Dulcie, Robert’s life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.

Additional information

Weight 192 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 mm
Attribute Value 1