Praise for Benjamin Wood's The Bellwether Revivals
Finalist, 2012 Costa First Novel Award
Shortlisted, 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize Sony Reader Award
Longlisted, 2012 Desmond Elliott Prize
"A stunningly good debut novel ... Wood writes with vigour, precision and
intensity, with a story that will keep readers up all night"
— Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo
"Accomplished, atmospheric, and suspenseful ... Wood's prose attains the
high level of craft we expect from literary novels."
—Quill & Quire
"Previous authors have explored the proximity of genius to madness, but
Wood treats this familiar theme with a freshness and intelligence that
hint at greater things to come."
—Times Literary Supplement
"Draws readers in, much as Eden's organ draws Oscar, a young
nursing-home care assistant, into King's College Chapel, at Cambridge.
It doesn't matter that Oscar is an atheist. Before he knows it, he's sat
through an entire service — just as the reader has stayed up all night,
seduced by Wood's vivid prose, swept up in a crescendo of suspense ... his
character raises questions, such as: How slippery is the slope between
madness and genius? And what exactly is the scope of music's healing
powers? Since answers are muddied by the clamour of violence, readers
seeking tidy truths won't find them here. They may, however, close the
book feeling inspired to probe the issues further."
—The Globe and Mail
"Wood ... can write lovely prose and is able to maintain a page-turning
"Author Benjamin Wood has written an intellectual and eerie novel in The
Bellwether Revivals, his first book ... part psychological thriller, part
philosophical coming-of-age grand saga."
"Wood creates intriguing characters and situations that are difficult to
resist. The ultimate resolution of this fast-paced novel is equally