Once You Break A Knuckle
book | Fiction | 2011
Wilson’s world is always dangerous, barbed with violence and the possibility of betrayal. And yet, in this small, finely-wrought universe, a dogged, wry dignity is usually enough to see us through.
An intoxicating alloy of adrenaline and the kind of vulnerability we would all admit to if we were honest, Once You Break a Knuckle is about the courage it takes just to make it through the day.
The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.
Claire Nozieres manages the translation rights for Once You Break A Knuckle
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D. W. Wilson’s Dead Roads was the stand-out winner of the 2011 BBC Short Story Award. My worry was that it might also be the stand-out story in this debut collection, but no – the standard is consistently, astonishingly high throughout. There are echoes of Wells Tower and Russell Banks, but Wilson’s voice is distinctive, confident and completely enthralling.”Geoff Dyer
D. W. Wilson's stories - fuelled by tough, streetwise prose - are alight with tension, wisdom and wit.Joe Dunthorne
The stories patiently gather the full power of a novel. By the time he's done, Mr Wilson has mapped this place as precisely as any cartographer could.
"His characters are tough, sometimes hard-drinking skilled labourers and local police officers from the remote Kootenay Valley in British Columbia, men with names like Animal and Walla, but they are also tender, confused and painfully vulnerable - romantics, under the calluses, in the Scott Fitzgerald vein, yearning for love and a connection with the world around them, but too raw and frightened to make the attempt."John Burnside
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D. W. Wilson wins CBC Short Story Prize
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D W Wilson wins BBC National Short Story Award 2011
D W Wilson shortlisted for 2011 BBC Short Story Award