Carys Davies’ first novel West is one of our favourites in the bookshop. At once spare, profound, enthralling, and memorable, it is a debut we recommend and share with gusto. We are delighted to welcome Carys to St Andrews to celebrate the publication of her second novel, The Mission House.
Fleeing the dark undercurrents of contemporary life in Britain, Hilary Byrd takes refuge in a hill station in South India. There he finds solace in life’s simple pleasures, travelling by rickshaw and staying in a mission house beside the local presbytery. But religious tensions are brewing and the mission house may not be the safe haven it seems. The Mission House, tenderly subversive and meticulously crafted, is a deeply human fable of the wonders and terrors of connection in a modern world.
Davies has the astonishing ability to capture a life — however idiosyncratic — in the briefest of brushstrokes
— Evening Standard