The screams were silver

Adam Mars-Jones

  • BuySecrecy by Rupert Thomson
    Granta, 312 pp, £14.99, March 2013, ISBN 978 1 84708 163 6

Where Jim Crace’s Harvest refused all the conventions of the historical novel, Rupert Thomson’s Secrecy seems to run eagerly towards them, and yet the effect once again is of a genre being unpicked and rewoven.[*] A superabundance of signposts, it turns out, can be as disorienting as their absolute absence.

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[*] Adam Mars-Jones wrote about Harvest in the LRB of 21 February.