Out Backward by Ross Raisin
Out Backward (P.S.)
by Ross Raisin
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When Ross Raisin’s debut novel, Out Backward, was published in Britain earlier this year, it created a moderate stir. The book is currently on the long list for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the accolades he received yielded a lucrative two-book deal. Despite this acclaim, the author has kept his day job as a London waiter, demonstrating the Yorkshire modesty that permeates the world of this intimate novel.
Raisin’s narrator is Sam Marsdyke, a lonely young man who has recently been expelled from school and has little choice but to work alongside his taciturn father on their sheep farm in rural Yorkshire. Marsdyke’s peculiar voice animates this story from its first moments, in which he encounters a group of upper-class tourists and pelts them with sheep-shit-encrusted stones. “Ramblers,” he complains, “daft
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