A Certain Slant of Light


by Duncan White

Paperback: 978-1-910688-97-7

Category: Non-Fiction; Life stories

PP: 240

Publication date: 16th September 2021

Available from 16 September at WaterstonesHiveWorderyAmazon and all good bookshops.


After the death of his child, a man – disconnected, lost, unable to sleep – explores the absence at the
heart of life.
Gathering accounts of trauma and loss from the lives of people and places, past and present: of Isadora
Duncan, Ana Mendietta, WG Sebald and Pier Paolo Pasolini; of a car crash, a fall from a skyscraper, the
photographs of a murderer, a journey to The Gate of the Kiss; he travels through a landscape of halfremembered events and lost works of art, attempting to fathom lives pieced together from borrowed
and fragmentary stories of history, memory and existence; trying to recover his own life.

Part fiction, part essay, part meditation on absence and grief, A Certain Slant of Light is a profound and
moving attempt to trace the connections, however unlikely and strange, between art, history and life.
A unique and beautiful book, profusely illustrated, A Certain Slant of Light was shortlisted for the
Fitzcarraldo Prize.

Duncan White’s moving novel reverberates with unspoken grief. A beautifully written
meditation on impermanence, in which art and human life are seen as signal flares into the

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