The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies by Jo Lloyd

The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies by Jo Lloyd

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The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies by Jo Lloyd

Whether seeking to break open earth’s exchequer or to find its key, the characters in these stories are united by a quest to realise their aspirations, both grand and modest, as they ask how we should treat our world, our work, our selves, and each other. A vainglorious mine-owner dreams of harnessing all of nature to the tireless machinery of commerce. Two ladies of a certain age hunt butterflies in a pre-First World War Europe already experiencing the first bites of biodiversity loss. A young woman encounters hidden shoals as she tries to embark on a better life. Glimpses of wealthy, invisible neighbours divide a rural Welsh community. A Scottish family moves from the sea to the factory, through births, deaths, marriages, and a century of industrial and political change.

Exact and lyrical, compassionate, and full of wit and truth, this collection announces a fresh new voice with a sensibility all her own. Jo Lloyd is the 2019 winner of the prestigious BBC National Short Story Prize. Her stories have been published in Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All Story and selected for an O Henry Prize.