FREE DOWNLOAD ï Black Car Burning

Helen Mort ½ 1 FREE DOWNLOAD

FREE DOWNLOAD ï Black Car Burning ✓ The debut novel from the brilliant and award winning poet Helen MortAlexa is a police community support officer whose world feels unstableCaron Alexa’s girlfriend is pushing her away and pushing herself even harder A climber she fixates on a brutal route Leigh who works at a local gear shop watches Caron cliThe debut novel from the brilliant and award winning poet Helen MortAlexa is a police community support officer whose world feels unstableCaron Alexa’s girlfriend is pushing her away and pushing herself even harder A climber she fixates on a brutal route Leigh who works at a local gear shop watches Caron climb and feels complicitMeanwhile an. The Sheffield poet writer and climber Helen Mort was one of Robert Macfarlane's companions on the trip to Greenland he describes in Underland A Deep Time Journey which was coincidentally the last book I read before this one I have been wanting to read this since seeing the hardback reviews last year there are not many novels in which climbing forms a prominent part and this one is a worthy addition to the small canon that includes Electric Brae and The FallThis book is really a love letter to Sheffield and its surrounding hills but there is nothing sentimental about Helen Mort's portrait Her small cast of characters are all involved in the climbing world either directly or through their partners and the short chapters alternate between their perspectives Between each of these chapters we get single pages in which personifications of places both natural and man made describe the people and events they see and sometimes these are directly related to the plot One of the main characters Caron never gets a chapter of her own but it is her obsession with a difficult climbing route that gives the book its striking titleOther than climbing the dominant themes are the Hillsborough disaster and its ongoing controversial aftermath and the difficulties poor communities face coming to terms with immigration Brexit is never specifically mentioned but there was a lot of support for it in Sheffield and the surrounding area The recent controversy over tree felling in Sheffield suburbs also draws two characters together


Ex police officer compulsively revisits the April day in 1989 that changed his life forever Trapped in his memories of the disaster he tracks the Hillsborough inuests uestioning everythingAs the young women negotiate Sheffield’s violent inheritance the rock faces of Stanage and their relationships with each other Mort stunningly grounds these. ‘I just can’t stop having nightmares’‘You and the rest of South Yorkshire love’Alexa is a polyamorous cop with a climbing obsessed girlfriend Her estranged dad was a cop on duty during the Hillsbrough disaster It’s an oddly eclectic premise if you don’t know anything about Sheffield but if Sheffield were to write a novel I’m sure it’d sound a lot like Black Car Burning And the neighbourhoods and landscapes of South Yorkshire do speak in short segments throughout the book acting as an omnipotent sounding board for the characters lives As if the chatty landscape is there to amplify the human silences that blanket the whole story It is unapologetically landscape bound—what could have so easily become a phony device never did because the story wouldn’t make any sense in any other place told any other wayIt’s a story about trauma—how it ricochets off everyone it touches into everyone else too connecting than you might expect It’s also about mundane stuff—what happens when someone you love stops talking What happens when relationships changeIt’s clear to me that it’s a novel written by a poet because reading it feels like being immersed in a feeling or a theme than being tugged along by a plot Which is not to say nothing happens just that the stuff that does happen seems almost beside the point—the story is bigger than the story It’s bare and blunt and there are whole characters that exist almost as negative space described by everyone else’s actions than their ownI read it twice back to back I wanted to understand what had just happened—to the characters but also to me I’m still not completely sure But it’s an amazing book and you should read it Just be prepared to have complex feelings

SUMMARY Black Car Burning

Black Car BurningJourneys of trust and trauma fear and falling in the texture of the urban and natural terrain underfoot'A beautifully accomplished debuta deeply felt work of loss time and healing' Guardian‘Helen Mort is unmistakably one of the most brilliant poets of her generation; Black Car Burning shows her to be a remarkable novelist’ Robert Macfarlan. Black Car Burning is the poet Helen Mort's first novel Set in her native Sheffield it weaves multiple strands into a finely stitched tapestry of the city and the neighbouring Derbyshire Peak District Anyone who knows Sheffield will also know how the western side of the city merges almost imperceptibly with the moors and gritstone ridges of the Dark Peak Helen Mort brings together the stories of a seemingly disparate group of characters a PCSO working against the odds to keep the peace in inner city Page Hall as the influx of large numbers of Roma immigrants transform the nature of the local community her partner Caron addicted to the thrill of risky climbs on Stanage Edge and Leigh who works in an outdoors shop in the popular climbing base of Hathersage Linking them all is Pete haunted by his experience as a young police officer of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989Kaleidoscopic fragmentary and imagist in places it's sometimes hard to keep on top of who's who but the relationship between the characters and their individual stories becomes increasingly clear as the novel progresses There's definitely a poetic sensibility at work here most tellingly in the short alternate chapters in which the city and the Pennines are given their own voice and tell their own storiesThe title by the way comes from the name of a climb on Stanage Edge classed as E Extremely Severe 7