• The Perfect Golden Circle

  • By: Benjamin Myers
  • Narrated by: Tim Key
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
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By: Benjamin Myers
Narrated by: Tim Key
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers, read by Tim Key.

England, 1989. Over the course of a burning hot summer, two very different men—traumatised Falklands veteran Calvert and affable, chaotic Redbone—set out nightly in a clapped-out camper van to undertake an extraordinary project.

Under cover of darkness, the two men traverse the fields of rural England in secret, forming crop circles in elaborate and mysterious patterns. As the summer wears on, and their designs grow ever more ambitious, the two men find that their work has become a cult international sensation—and that an unlikely and beautiful friendship has taken root as the wheat ripens from green to gold.

Moving and exhilarating, tender and slyly witty, The Perfect Golden Circle is a captivating novel about the futility of war, the destruction of the English countryside, class inequality—and the power of beauty to heal trauma and fight power.

©2022 Benjamin Myers (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"The beauty of Myers’s language alone is reward enough to read this superb novel, but The Perfect Golden Circle offers so much more: an all-too-rare literary depiction of rural England, the depths of the two central characters, the class and ecological concerns; but most of all the human need for what the Welsh poet Bobi Jones called 'the boundless mystery that comforts being'. A truly remarkable novel." (Ron Rash)

"No one writes about the atmosphere, beauty and brutality of the English countryside better than Ben Myers. And it's hard to think of many people who can write with with such attentiveness, tenderness and force about the importance of human connection and the redemptive power of art. Quite simply, this is a magnificent book." (Wendy Erskine)

"A strange, magical extraordinary book. It's so atmospheric, so strange and affecting. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it before, and I'm not sure how Myers has made it work, but he has - I was totally gripped by this." (Jenn Ashworth)

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  • mr dj williams
  • 07-15-22

Best book I've read this year

Brilliantly written and great narration by Tim Key. Maybe I fit the demographic it was aimed at perfectly, I lived through those times and that scene. Oh to be living in a camper in the West Country again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-22

A beautiful book which touches on so many subjects

I came to this after reading The Gallows Pole. Somehow I enjoyed this more. The way it masterfully incorporates so many subjects – climate change, rural crime and mental health – is wonderful. A truly beautiful book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-22

stunning work

Myres delivers a summer in a book. A wizard of description through sharp and witty metaphor. Lovely work with the characteristics; their fiery philosophies taking center stage here to the backdrop of detectorists- style agricultural imagery and pace. A fine piece.

Key masterful in his narration. The poet in his element.

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  • John Forrester
  • 06-05-22

Brilliant.

Beautiful story and perfectly read by Tim Key. A poetic book read by a poet, listened to on a hot June weekend.

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  • Roo
  • 05-26-22

Loved it.

Another Myers book that I keep thinking about after it’s finished.
Perfect book and perfect length to listen to over a walk.
Top stuff.

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  • Susan Wright
  • 11-30-22

A leap into a warm summer evening.

Not a book I would normally read but glad Idid. It was unusually reassuring

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  • Vegan buyer
  • 11-19-22

Beautifully written

Beautifully written and most enjoyable insight into the characters behind the famous crop circles, highly recommended.

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  • Mr. Karl Townsend
  • 11-18-22

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Loved this interpretation of the book. Well narrated and a beautiful story of two opposite character's brought together in a meaningful quest. Quietly subversive. a very clever piece of writing.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 10-24-22

An unusual delight

A simply wonderful book read extremely and sympathetically well. Quirky and a bit magic, quite moving and full of the knowledgeable love of nature. Two strange men come together to create beauty in secret for no discernible personal gain…. If anyone has ever seen and/or marvelled at the exquisite crop circles that occurred in SW England and loves English written with flourish and delicacy and is country-minded this will resonate and greatly please

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  • David C.
  • 10-06-22

Great story narrator combination

Can't think of a better narrator than Tim Key for this style of writing