England, 1989. Over the course of a burning hot summer, two very different men – traumatized Falklands veteran Calvert, and affable, chaotic Redbone – set out nightly in a clapped-out camper van to undertake an extraordinary project.
Under cover of darkness, the two men traverse the fields of rural England in secret, forming crop circles in elaborate and mysterious patterns. As the summer wears on, and their designs grow ever more ambitious, the two men find that their work has become a cult international sensation – and that an unlikely and beautiful friendship has taken root as the wheat ripens from green to gold.
Moving and exhilarating, tender and slyly witty, The Perfect Golden Circle is a captivating novel about the futility of war, the destruction of the English countryside, class inequality – and the power of beauty to heal trauma and fight power.
Praise for The Offing:
‘What a radical thing, these days, to have written a book so full of warmth and kindness… Gorgeous’ – Max Porter
‘This quiet, lyrical novel confirms a powerful new voice’ – The Times
‘It’s a poignant story, and Myers’ descriptions of the countryside are wonderful’ – Mail on Sunday
‘One of the most interesting, restless writers of his generation… Unfurling at the unhurried pace of a fern, it’s an evocatively lyrical paean to the countryside – deeply felt and closely observed’ – Daily Mail
‘A draft of cool, clear water, it feels like a cleansing book… He’s such a good and brave writer… there’s a lot of heart in this book… I was comparing it to some Ted Hughes poetry and it’s so much more hopeful than that… there’s light in this landscape… A very original writer and has pushed the form in all kinds of ways’ – Monocle
‘Every page is studded with descriptive jewels… Deeply attuned to the natural world… Poetic… This book is a sensual pleasure… It’s about the forever things: good food, and art, and friendship, and how those pleasures can redeem us, even during the harshest of times’ – New Statesman
‘Quietly gripping… Written with Myers’s customary grit and brio… A welcome advance, one that sees Myers effortlessly extending his range’ – Guardian