The Bass Rock

By Evie Wyld
Penguin Random House


Evie Wyld

Judges' report


At once confronting, chaotic and charming, Evie Wyld’s The Bass Rock is a perplexingly brilliant novel that will challenge and test the reader. Set across multiple time periods, and with three distinct narrative voices throughout, the book blurs the line between the past and the present, the real and the imagined, the natural and the unnatural world.

The Bass Rock is about family and love, and the ways that both can undo a person – as both storm and haven. It’s about the legacy of male violence and the ways in which these traumas ripple and reverberate across time and place.

Wyld’s development of her large and diverse cast of characters is incredibly precise, and the novel continues to surprise to the very last page. This book will leave readers uncertain and questioning, but also full of the imagery and atmosphere Wyld brings to life so masterfully on the page. 

Further reading


Reviews 

‘Wondrous… Expertly chilling… Wyld consistently entertains, juggling the pleasures of several different genres.’ John Williams, New York Times

‘Searingly controlled…psychologically fearless and…bitterly funny. Wyld is a genius of contrasting voices and revealed connections, while her foreshadowings are so subtle that the book demands – and eminently repays – a second read.’ Justine Jordan, The Guardian

‘The Bass Rock is an intelligently woven tale of humanity, self-awareness and finding a better path to safety and equality in the future.’ Karen Viggers, The Canberra Times

Links 

Watch Evie Wyld in conversation Michaela Kalowski at the Brisbane Writers Festival

Listen to ‘Getting eerie with Evie Wyld’ by Clair Nichols on ABC’s The Book Show

Read ‘Evie Wyld: ‘Women are always told to ignore their sixth sense’ by Ursula Kenny, The Guardian