Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and the European Union Prize for Literature 2019.
"His mistakes are my inheritance. The rotten blood he gave me is the blood I will pass on."
For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has lived with the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo. One August morning, Daniel and his estranged father Francis-a character of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity-set out on a road trip that seems a promise to salvage their relationship.
They have one shared interest, The Artifex, a children's TV program where Fran works on set, and Daniel has been promised special access to the studio. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran's mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son's life.
The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic has written a novel of exceptional beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, and the invention and reconciliation of self-weaving a haunting story of lost innocence and love.
Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in northwest England. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, Canada, which he attended with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship.
His first novel The Bellwether Revivals was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2012, and won France's Prix du Roman Fnac in 2014.
His second novel The Ecliptic was shortlisted for the Encore Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2016.
His third novel A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better was published by Scribner in June 2018. It was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature and the CWA Gold Dagger Award.
Benjamin is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at King's College London. He lives in Surrey with his wife and sons.