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Flying to Nowhere

Flying to Nowhere

Flying to Nowhere is set on a Welsh island with monastery, farm and miraculous well. Novices nurse hopeless spiritual aspirations; farm girls in their dormitory after harvest exchange tales of sexuality and flight. The Abbot is at his dissecting table, engaged in a desperate and macabre search for the seat of the soul; the Bishop’s emissary, investigating missing pilgrims, is digging up the island. On the morning after the ceremonial ordeal of a novice, women approach the bedchamber carrying sharp knives and bowls of hot water. At the climax of the story the Abbot preaches a sermon against flying.

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller was born in January 1937 in Ashford, Kent. His father was the poet Roy Fuller, who died in 1991. John Fuller was educated at New College, Oxford, and won the Newdigate Prize in 1960. He became a Fellow and tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1966 and became Fellow Emeritus in 2002.  His poetry collections included Epistles to Several Persons, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1974, The Illusionists, winner of the Southern Arts Literature Prize, Stones and Fires, which won the Forward Poetry Prize.  His novels include Flying to Nowhere, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, The Worm and the Star and A Skin Diary. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children.  John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.