When his colleagues try to arrest Farrell for the murder of his ex-lover he is forced to go on the run. Tom Bouman’s lyrical descriptions of rural Pennsylvania, and the violent confrontations that take place there, are so good they give you goosebumps. The Bramble and the Rose is Farrell’s third outing after Dry Bones in the Valley (2015) and Fateful Mornings (2017). It is as brilliant — if not better — than both.
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
"At the heart of this latest novel from Booker winner Richard Flanagan there is a powerful tale of a family trying to decide whether to prolong the life of a dying relative, but some of the more fantastical elements seem out of kilter..."
— The Scotsman
3.57 out of 5