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Ex police officer compulsively revisits the April day in 1989 that changed his life forever Trapped in his memories of the disaster he tracks the Hillsborough inuests uestioning everythingAs the young women negotiate Sheffield’s violent inheritance the rock faces of Stanage and their relationships with each other Mort stunningly grounds these I just can t stop having nightmares You and the rest of South Yorkshire love Alexa is a polyamorous cop with a climbing obsessed girlfriend Her estranged dad was a cop on duty during the Hillsbrough disaster It s an oddly eclectic premise if you don t know anything about Sheffield but if Sheffield were to write a novel I m sure it d sound a lot like Black Car Burning And the neighbourhoods and landscapes of South Yorkshire do speak in short segments throughout the book acting as an omnipotent sounding board for the characters lives As if the chatty landscape is there to amplify the human silences that blanket the whole story It is unapologetically landscape bound what could have so

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The debut novel from the brilliant and award winning poet Helen MortAlexa is a police community support officer whose world feels unstableCaron Alexa’s girlfriend is pushing her away and pushing herself even harder A climber she fixates on a brutal route Leigh who works at a local gear shop watches Caron climb and feels complicitMeanwhile an In this evocative paean to the city of Sheffield and the Peak District the rugged landscape is given its own lyrical voice in a poetic metaphor for the steely grit of the rock climbing community Juxtaposing the underpinning of common purpose and mutual support of this climbing fellowship is the betrayal of another sporting community s trust as shown in the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy which overshadows the narrativeWith ancestral ties and having lived and worked for most of my life in and around the Peak District this exuisite tribute to its glorious landscape resonated with my deep fondness for this part of EnglandReviewed for Whichbooknet Green dog trumpet and other stories even harder A climber she fixates on a brutal route Leigh who works at a local gear shop watches Caron climb and feels complicitMeanwhile an In this Identity evocative paean to the city of Sheffield and the Peak District the rugged landscape is given its own lyrical voice in a poetic metaphor for the steely grit of the rock climbing community Juxtaposing the underpinning of common purpose and mutual support of this climbing fellowship is the betrayal of another sporting community s trust as shown in the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy which overshadows the narrativeWith ancestral ties and having lived and worked for most of my life in and around the Peak District this Cenote exuisite tribute to its glorious landscape resonated with my deep fondness for this part of EnglandReviewed for Whichbooknet

Helen Mort · 2 Summary

Journeys of trust and trauma fear and falling in the texture of the urban and natural terrain underfoot'A beautifully accomplished debuta deeply felt work of loss time and healing' Guardian‘Helen Mort is unmistakably one of the most brilliant poets of her generation; Black Car Burning shows her to be a remarkable novelist’ Robert Macfarlan Landscape as character character as landscape a novel of details so specific that they become almost ambient


10 thoughts on “Black Car Burning

  1. says:

    The Sheffield poet writer and climber Helen Mort was one of Robert Macfarlane's companions on the trip to Greenland he describes in Underland A Deep Time Journey which was coincidentally the last book I read before this one I have been wanting to read this since seeing the hardback reviews last year there are not many novels in which climbing forms a prominent part and this one is a worthy addition to the small canon t

  2. says:

    In this evocative paean to the city of Sheffield and the Peak District the rugged landscape is given its own lyrical voice in a poetic metaphor for the steely grit of the rock climbing community Juxtaposing the underpinning of common purpose and mutual support of this climbing fellowship is the betrayal of another sporting community's trust as shown in the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy which overshadows the narrativeWith

  3. says:

    A love letter to Sheffield South Yorkshire and climbing Having loved Mort's poetry collection Division Street named after a street in Sheffield city centre and the title of a poem in the book I was eager to check this out Black Car Burning takes its title from the name of a climb at Stanage Edge a popular destination for

  4. says:

    ‘I just can’t stop having nightmares’‘You and the rest of South Yorkshire love’Alexa is a polyamorous cop with a climbing obsessed girlfriend Her estranged dad was a cop on duty during the Hillsbrough disaster It’s an oddly eclectic premise if you don’t know anything about Sheffield but if Sheffield

  5. says:

    This is Helen Mort’s first novel previously she has been known as a poet generally writing about the experiences of hikers and the mountains they play on That theme continues here each chapter is separated by a page long piece of prose almost poems about the different climbing areas of the Peak DistrictAs you may guess this isn’t a plot

  6. says:

    This is a novel that for me is hard to review Why Because while this probably isn't the book for a reader like me

  7. says:

    I'll direct you to Ellie's review for a complete description of the review I'd write if I was not so lazy I've never been to the Sheffield area so did a lot of Googleing especially for images I loved the character sketches of places

  8. says:

    Black Car Burning is the poet Helen Mort's first novel Set in her native Sheffield it weaves multiple strands into a finely stitched tapestry of the city and the neighbouring Derbyshire Peak District Anyone who knows Sheffield will also know how the western side of the city merges almost imperceptibly with the moors and gritstone ridges of

  9. says:

    Landscape as character character as landscape a novel of details so specific that they become almost ambient

  10. says:

    Reading Black Car Burning was an interesting experience as well as an interesting book I am no climber I can under

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