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Burnside, John 1955-

Overview
Works: 130 works in 489 publications in 9 languages and 7,666 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Poetry  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Printer, Author of introduction, pre, Editor
Classifications: PR6052.U6683, 823.914
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The glister : a novel by John Burnside( Book )

37 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since George Lister's chemical plant shut down, the neighboring woods have become the home to strange, sickly plants, and when a young boy named Leonard and his friends realize that boys from their school are vanishing after venturing into the poisoned woods, they alone are willing to confront the forces of evil that are destroying their once-happy town
The devil's footprints : a novel by John Burnside( Book )

38 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once, on a winter's night many years ago, after a heavy snow, the devil passed through the Scottish fishing town of Coldhaven, leaving a trail of dark hoofprints across the streets and roofs of the sleeping town. Michael Gardiner has lived in Coldhaven all his life, but still feels like an outsider, a blow-in. But that is about to change
A summer of drowning by John Burnside( Book )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a critical point in her career, painter Angelika Rossdal suddenly moves to Kvaloya, a small island deep in the Arctic Circle, to dedicate herself to the solitary pursuit of her craft. She takes her young daughter with her. Things take a dark turn - is there something supernatural happening on the island?
Black cat bone : poems by John Burnside( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Winner of both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize, Black Cat Bone is the first American publication of the poetry of John Burnside. John Burnside's Black Cat Bone is full of poems of thwarted love and disappointment, raw desire, the stalking beast. One sequence tells of an obsessive lover coming to grief in echoes of the old murder ballads, and another longer poem describes a hunter losing himself in the woods while pursuing an unknown and possibly unknowable quarry. Black Cat Bone introduces American readers to one of the best poets writing across the Atlantic."--Publisher's website
The dumb house : a chamber novel by John Burnside( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Dumb House is a wonderfully disturbing book--chillingly focused and lyrically amoral with moments of remarkable stillness and beauty. A poetic novel in the best and most troubling sense."--A.L. Kennedy
Black cat bone by John Burnside( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Burnside's remarkable new book is full of strange, unnerving poems that hang in the memory like a myth or a song. These are poems of thwarted love and disappointment, of raw desire, of the stalking beast, 'eye-teeth/and muzzle/coated with blood'; poems that recognise 'we have too much to gain from the gods, and this is why/they fail to love us'; poems that tell of an obsessive lover coming to grief in a sequence that echoes the old murder ballads, or of a hunter losing himself in the woods while pursuing an unknown and possibly unknowable quarry. Drawing on sources as various as the paintings of Pieter Brueghel and the lyrics of Delta blues, Black Cat Bone examines varieties of love, faith, hope and illusion, to suggest an unusual possibility: that when the search for what we expected to find--in the forest or in our own hearts--ends in failure, we can now begin the hard and disciplined quest for what is actually there. Full of risk and wonder, Black Cat Bone shows the range of Burnside's abilities, but also strikes out for new territories. He remains consistently, though, one of our finest living lyric poets and each of these astonishing poems is as clear and memorable as 'a silver bracelet/falling for days/through an inch and a half/of ice'. --Publisher description
The asylum dance by John Burnside( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucid, tender, and strangely troubling, the poems in The Asylum Dance - which won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry - are hymns to the tension between the sanctuary of home and the lure of escape. This is territory that Burnside has made his own: a domestic world threaded through with myth and longing, beyond which lies a no man's land - the 'somewhere in between' - of dusk or dawn, of mists or sudden light, where the epiphanies are. Using the framework of four long poems, 'Ports', 'Settlements', 'Fields' and 'Roads', the poet balances presence with absence; we are shown the homing instinct - felt in the blood and marrow - as a pull to refuge, simplicity, and a safe haven, while at the same time hearing the siren call from the world beyond: the thrilling expectancy of fairground or dancehall, the possibilities of the open road. With a confident open line and complete command of the language, John Burnside writes with grace, agility and profound philosophical purpose, confirming his position in the front rank of contemporary poetry
Glister by John Burnside( Recording )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen year old, Leonard describes his hometown as a contemporary hell. The poisoned woods behind the derelict buildings are haunted by wild children, a strange sickly fauna and the mysterious Moth Man, an ecologist who apperas to be conducting a bizarre survey into local insect populations. Every year a boy from Leonard's school disappears are vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Morrison, the town policeman, is determined to learn the truth for himself
Something like happy by John Burnside( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these remarkable stories, John Burnside takes us into the lives of men and women trapped in marriage, ensnared by drink, diminished by disappointment; all kinds of women, all kinds of men - lonely, unfaithful, dying - driving empty roads at night. These are people for whom the idea of 'home' has become increasingly intangible, hard to believe - and happiness, or grace, or freedom, all now seem to belong in some kind of dream, or a fable they might have read in a children's picture book. As he says in one story, 'All a man has is his work and his sense of himself, all the secret life he holds inside that nobody else can know.' But in each of these normal, damaged lives, we are shown something extraordinary: a dogged belief in some kind of hope or beauty that flies in the face of all reason and is, as a result, both transfiguring and heart-rending. John Burnside is unique in contemporary British letters: he is one of our best living poets, but he is also a thrillingly talented writer of fiction. These exquisitely written pieces, each weighted so perfectly, opens up the whole wound of a life in one moment - and each of these twelve short stories carries the freight and density of a great novel
Living nowhere by John Burnside( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and French and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brilliantly evoking the turned-on, tuned-out seventies, with LSD the vehicle to reinvention, 'Living Nowhere' is a story of friendship and loss, about trying to make a pure connection with the earth through a miasma of contamination
The locust room by John Burnside( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the summer of 1975, a rapist stalked the streets of Cambridge, attacking young, single women and subjecting them to horrifying, violent assaults. Over one summer a young photographer is forced to examine his relationship with women as he becomes involved in a series of sexual intrigues
Selected poems by John Burnside( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Burnside's territory is the no man's land of threshold and margin, the charmed half-light of the liminal, a domestic world threaded through with mystery, myth and longing. In this collection he develops those themes looking at the place of the individual in the world and the idea of home entwined with the lure of absence
All one breath by John Burnside( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author examines our shared experience of this mortal world: how we are 'all one breath' and - with that breath - how we must strive towards harmony. Recognising that our attitudes to other creatures - human and non-human - cause too much damage and hurt, these poems celebrate the fleeting, charged moments where, through measured and gracious encounters with other lives, we find our true selves, and bring some brief, insubstantial goodness and beauty into being.--From book flap
The light trap by John Burnside( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The good neighbour by John Burnside( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burning Elvis by John Burnside( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gift songs by John Burnside( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mercy boys by John Burnside( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four Scottish men meet every day in their local pub and drink themselves senseless, that is until their world falls apart when one of the men drifts off into a bizarre trap and another commits an act of mindless violence. From the author of THE DUMB HOUSE
A lie about my father by John Burnside( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir of two lost men: a father and his child. It is about forgiving, about examining the way men are made and how they fall apart, about understanding that in order to have a good son you must have a good father
Swimming in the flood by John Burnside( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The glister : a novel
Alternative Names
Burnside, John

John Burnside britischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

John Burnside britisk poet

John Burnside Brits dichter

John Burnside brittisk poet

John Burnside poeta e scrittore scozzese

John Burnside Scottish writer and academic

Джон Бернсайд

Languages
English (236)

German (26)

French (21)

Turkish (6)

Spanish (4)

Chinese (3)

Dutch (3)

Italian (2)

Croatian (1)

Covers
The devil's footprints : a novelA summer of drowningThe dumb house : a chamber novelBlack cat boneThe asylum danceGlisterLiving nowhereThe locust room