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Out of the Woods (Paperback)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 WAINWRIGHT BOOK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 POLARI FIRST BOOK AWARD

'This is a book to get lost in . . . A disturbing trauma narrative, it's also a work of delightfully low, pants-dropping comedy, and a learned meditation' Guardian

'A brave and beautiful book, electrifying on sex and nature, religion and love. No one is writing quite like this' Olivia Laing

'Turns the nature memoir genre upon its head . . . is a book full of poetry and pathos. More than anything it is a bold and beautiful study of how to be a true modern man' Ben Myers, Spectator

At a crossroads in his life, the demons Luke Turner has been battling since childhood are quick to return - depression and guilt surrounding his identity as a bisexual man, experiences of sexual abuse, and the religious upbringing that was the cause of so much confusion. It is among the trees of London's Epping Forest where he seeks refuge. Away from a society that struggles to cope with the complexities of masculinity and sexuality, Luke begins to accept the duality that has provoked so much unrest in his life - and reconcile the expectations of others with his own way of being.

About the Author


Luke Turner is a writer, editor and curator based in London. He co-founded and edits the influential online music publication The Quietus and regularly writes on music, culture and place for a variety of magazines, websites and broadcasters. Out of the Woods is his first book.

Praise For…


A compulsive and beautifully written debut: all those who loved THE OUTRUN should read it
Caroline Sanderson, Editor's Choice, THE BOOKSELLER

A compulsive and beautifully written debut: all those who loved THE OUTRUN should read it
Editor's Choice, THE BOOKSELLER

A transformative, brutally honest memoir which is unafraid to stalk the monster that hides in the darkest of forests. OUT OF THE WOODS is like the Brothers Grimm adapted by Derek Jarman and it is easily one of my books of the year
JOHN HIGGS, -

Achieves that tricky balance of feeling both deeply personal and totally universal
ESQUIRE

Achieves that tricky balance of feeling both deeply personal and totally universal
Esquire

An important and moving memoir about the struggles of being bisexual . . . His brave, often poetic prose encompasses the pastoral, the confessional, and the erotic
Paul Edmondson, CHURCH TIMES

Honest, haunting and moving, OUT OF THE WOODS envelops you in its leafy, sprawling pages, and squeezes tight. Captivating and poignant
ATTITUDE

OUT OF THE WOODS had me hooked. Refreshing, frank, edifying, courageous . . . I was quite emotional by the end. Luke Turner is a serious thinker and a unique and important new voice
AMY LIPTROT, author of THE OUTRUN, -

OUT OF THE WOODS had me hooked. Refreshing, frank, edifying, courageous . . . I was quite emotional by the end. Luke Turner is a serious thinker and a unique and important new voice
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OUT OF THE WOODS is a brave and beautiful book, electrifying on sex and nature, religion and love. No one is writing quite like this. I'm so glad Luke Turner exists
OLIVIA LAING, author of THE LONELY CITY, -

OUT OF THE WOODS is a brave and beautiful book, electrifying on sex and nature, religion and love. No one is writing quite like this. I'm so glad Luke Turner exists
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OUT OF THE WOODS is emotionally and sexually charged, deeply moving, with hauntingly exquisite writing and an extraordinary command of language that draws you into the depths of the forest and Luke's struggles with bisexuality, religion and love. Such raw honesty is precious and makes for a powerful read. I feel like I want to bind this book in wood and keep it in a special place for when I return to read it again and again
COSEY FANNI TUTTI, -

OUT OF THE WOODS is emotionally and sexually charged, deeply moving, with hauntingly exquisite writing and an extraordinary command of language that draws you into the depths of the forest and Luke's struggles with bisexuality, religion and love. Such raw honesty is precious and makes for a powerful read. I feel like I want to bind this book in wood and keep it in a special place for when I return to read it again and again
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OUT OF THE WOODS is like nothing I've read before - rich, honest, humane and thoughtful, it is utterly original and really gets into the bones
LUCY JONES, -

OUT OF THE WOODS is like nothing I've read before - rich, honest, humane and thoughtful, it is utterly original and really gets into the bones
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Sparkling with sexual energy and intelligence, OUT OF THE WOODS is both a timely reminder of the dangers of concealment and suppression, and a powerful testament to the redemptive power of - lovingly, determinedly - making what was hidden known
HELEN JUKES, author of A HONEYBEE HEART HAS FIVE OPENINGS, -

Sparkling with sexual energy and intelligence, OUT OF THE WOODS is both a timely reminder of the dangers of concealment and suppression, and a powerful testament to the redemptive power of - lovingly, determinedly - making what was hidden known
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This is a book to get lost in...A disturbing trauma narrative, it's also a work of delightfully low, pants-dropping comedy, and a learned meditation
Sukhdev Sandhu, GUARDIAN

This is a book to get lost in...A disturbing trauma narrative, it's also a work of delightfully low, pants-dropping comedy, and a learned meditation
GUARDIAN

This is an important and moving memoir about the struggles of being bisexual... His brave, often poetic prose encompasses the pastoral, the confessional, and the erotic.
CHURCH TIMES

Truly beautiful prose... the candour and insightful scholarship Turner brings to his subject make it a very worthwhile read
Grub Smith, LITERARY REVIEW

Truly beautiful prose... the candour and insightful scholarship Turner brings to his subject make it a very worthwhile read
LITERARY REVIEW

Turner mixes vulnerability with the sort of insight that comes only through a complex honesty
Sean Hewitt, IRISH TIMES

Turner mixes vulnerability with the sort of insight that comes only through a complex honesty
IRISH TIMES

Turns the nature memoir genre upon its head . . . OUT OF THE WOODS is a book full of poetry and pathos. More than anything it is a bold and beautiful study of how to be a true modern man
Ben Myers, THE SPECTATOR

Turns the nature memoir genre upon its head . . . OUT OF THE WOODS is a book full of poetry and pathos. More than anything it is a bold and beautiful study of how to be a true modern man
THE SPECTATOR

Unflinching on relationships, the nature of obsession, lust, masculinity, faith and lost innocence. OUT OF THE WOODS is a very special book
BRETT ANDERSON, -

Unflinching on relationships, the nature of obsession, lust, masculinity, faith and lost innocence. OUT OF THE WOODS is a very special book
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Product Details
ISBN: 9781474607162
ISBN-10: 1474607160
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date: March 24th, 2020
Pages: 288