The Broken Word

Adam Foulds’s book-length narrative poem is set during the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s. When Tom returns from Britain to his family’s farm in Kenya in the vacation between school and university, he is almost immediately drawn into the spiral of violence that is engulfing the country. ‘What Foulds brings to the portrayal of violence and terror is the elegance of accuracy combined with emotional power and imaginative finesse,’ wrote Peter Kemp in the Sunday Times. ‘It makes his book – concise and precise, attentive and inventive – a superlative achievement.’

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