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Published: Lightning Books (September 2019)

ISBN: 9781785631382

The Mating Habits of Stags

Ray Robinson

£8.99

The lyrical new novel from the award-winning author of Electricity and Forgetting Zoë

Former farmhand Jake, now a widower in his seventies, goes on the run in the Yorkshire Dales after committing a crime.

As he travels the countryside trying to avoid capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child that he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence.

The Mating Habits of Stags reveals afresh the lyrical prose and mastery of character that distinguish Robinson’s fiction.

An early version of the story was released in 2016 as the short film Edith, starring Peter Mullan and Michelle Fairley, which was Bafta-longlisted for Best British Short Film.

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An early version of The Mating Habits of Stags was released in 2016 as the short film Edith, starring the Emmy-nominated Peter Mullan and Game of Thrones actress Michelle Fairley, and directed by Christian Cooke. It was Bafta-longlisted for Best British Short Film and continues to win awards and accolades around the world.

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Ray Robinson

Born in North Yorkshire, Ray Robinson first won attention in 2006 with his debut novel, Electricity. It was shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. The screen adaptation premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and won Best Screenplay at the National Film Awards.

His other novels are The Man Without, Forgetting Zoë and Jawbone Lake. Forgetting Zoë was a winner of the inaugural Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

He wrote the multi-award-winning short film Edith, starring Peter Mullan and Michelle Fairley, on which his fifth novel, The Mating Habits of Stags, is based.

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