Published: Lightning Books (June 2019)
The lyrical new novel from the award-winning author of Electricity and Forgetting Zoë
Midwinter. As former farmhand Jake, a widower in his seventies, wanders the beautiful, austere moors of North Yorkshire trying to evade capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence.
On the coast, Jake’s friend, Sheila, receives the devastating news. The aftermath of Jake’s actions, and what it brings to the surface, will change her life forever. But how will she react when he turns up at her door?
The Mating Habits of Stags is a journey through a life of guilt and things unsaid – and as beauty and tenderness blend with violence, Robinson transports us to a different world, subtly exploring love and loss in a language that both bruises and heals.
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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‘Ray Robinson is a writer with keen observation. His prose is hard, abrupt and sinewy’
Allan Massie, The Scotsman
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.