The Beauty

Aliya Whiteley

110 pages Original publisher: UK: Unsung StoriesSpeculative Fiction

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“One of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today”
—Nina Allen, author of The Dollmaker

Somewhere away from the cities and towns, a group of men and boys gather around the fire each night in the Valley of the Rocks to tell their stories. The women are all gone and the men are waiting to pass into the night.

Nate is a storyteller, and brings new secrets back from the woods. William rules the group with youth and strength, but how long can that last? And what about Uncle Ted, who spends so much time out in the forest?

What can man hope to achieve in a world without women? When the past contains only grief, for how long should we hold on to it? What secrets can the forest offer to change it all?