Foulness

By David Henningham

A haunting experimental novel set on the Essex coast during the Cold War.

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A handmade large-format photographic version of the novel. This signed limited edition includes colour and b/w reproductions of photographs by Harpreet Kalsi, and drawings by David Henningham. Cover debossed and die-cut with sand-textured endpapers.

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One of 14 unique cloth-covered slipcases, named after a bird species, made using its colouring. (Each chapter of the novel is named after a different species). A handmade large-format photographic version of the novel. This signed limited edition includes colour and b/w reproductions of photographs by Harpreet Kalsi, and drawings by David Henningham. Cover debossed and die-cut with sand-textured endpapers.

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One of 14 unique cloth-covered slipcases, named after a bird species, made using its colouring. (Each chapter of the novel is named after a different species). A handmade large-format photographic version of the novel. Signed limited edition including colour and b/w reproductions of photographs by Harpreet Kalsi, and drawings by David Henningham. Cover debossed and die-cut with sand-textured endpapers.

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Foulness is an island off the Essex coast and its tidal path, where the cannons that sustained the British Empire through to the nuclear programme that marked its end were tested. A picturesque farming village remains at the heart of the barbed wire enclosure.

It is 1957 and James, a corporal with the Intelligence Corps, is instructed to camouflage a part of the military installation on the island. He quickly becomes embroiled in petty disputes with Sergeant Athling, the distant Major Edulis and an interfering secretary called Miss Bradshaw. But a cache of papers and artefacts will soon divert him to Victorian Tasmania, Abyssinia, and the tide of history that, almost unperceived, threatens to change their place in the world. 

Structured in fourteen sections, each of which is named for a bird that nests on the island, James’s story is told musically: each of the sections are like the movements of a tone poem, evoking the strange, liminal atmosphere of the half-submerged island: It is a book about memory and erasure.

Foulness marks the arrival of an exciting new English novelist, whose writing conjures the oppressive ambience of Le Carré while extending the acute sensitivity to landscape and history of a W.G. Sebald or a Patrick Wright.

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A handmade large-format photographic version of the novel. This signed limited edition includes colour and b/w reproductions of photographs by Harpreet Kalsi, and drawings by David Henningham. Cover debossed and die-cut with sand-textured endpapers.

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    David Henningham

    David Henningham is an artist, author and bookbinder. He received his MA in sculpture at Slade School of Art in 2006.

    He is co-founder, with Ping, of Henningham Family Press. Their artist’s books have been acquired by National Galleries Scotland, V&A, Tate, National Poetry Library and Stanford University. Their performance publishing events have taken place in the British Library, BBC Radio Theatre, Christie’s, Dundee Contemporary Arts and in Moscow with the British Council.

    As publishers, their novels have been shortlisted for The Goldsmith’s Prize, Republic of Consciousness Prize, British Book Awards and longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize. 

    Foulness is his first novel.

  • 10th June 2021 Broadcasting Foulness

    Readings and Radio Appearances Promoting Foulness

    The campaign to publish Foulness has continued steadily. Like a pirate radio station broadcasting from an isolated sandbank, I have appeared online to read from the book.

    1. The next appearance will be on Phoenix FM Monday 21st June, 1.15pm, when we will be discussing why Foulness Island is so fascinating, and the realtionship between fact…

    30th April 2021 Oystercatchers : Choosing Slipcase Colours

    The First Milestone

    I'm excited to have reached the first 10% of our target within the first week. This bodes well for achieving the total within the next 6 months. Thank you all for your support!

    Oystercatchers 

    If you have pledged for the photo book in a slipcase, you will get to choose one from the table below. The novel is split into 12 chapters, each one named after a bird found…

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