Out in six weeks, October 1: a luscious, newly-typeset paperback edition of Hild. At 640 pages, it’s more capacious than before. I’ve put together a good list of UK independent bookshops so you can pre-order. Or you could pre-order from a handy chain store:

WaterstonesAmazon | Foyles | Blackwell’s

Also available at various retailers in Australia and New Zealand…

 Booktopia | Bookworld | Paper Plus | Mighty Ape

…and as an ebook at your favourite online retailer.


  • “In it’s ambition and intelligence, Hild might best be compared to Hilary Mantel’s novels about Thomas Cromwell.” — Jenny Davidson, Bookforum
  • “Vivid, richly detailed…a powerful, clever novel. Griffith illuminates the so-called Dark Ages, reconstructing an often alien historical world with great precision.” — BBC History Magazine
  • “What a fabulous book! I fell into this world completely and was sorry to come out. Truly, truly remarkable.” — Karen Joy Fowler
  • “Beautiful, thorny jacket for this beautiful literary novel. It genuinely brings the period to life.” — The Bookseller
  • “Vivid, vital, and visceral, Hild’s history reads like a thriller.” — Val McDermid
  • “You could describe Hild as being like Game of Thrones without the dragons, but this is so much deeper than that, so much richer. A glorious, intensely passionate walk through an entirely real landscape, Hild leads us into the dark ages and makes them light, and tense, and edgy and deeply moving.” — Manda Scott
  • Hild is a book as loving as it is fierce, brilliant and accomplished. To read it felt like a privilege and a gift.” — Amal El-Mohtar, NPR
  • “…dazzling… Griffith’s lyrical prose emphasizes the savagery of the political landscape, in which religion, sex, and superstition are wielded mercilessly for personal gain.” — Rachel Abramowitz, Paris Review Daily
  • “The novel resonates to many of the same chords as Beowulf, the legends of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones—to the extent that Hild begins to feel like the classic on which those books are based.” — Neal Stephenson
  • “Griffith’s narrative flows like a river; Hild’s thoughts and deeds are expressed in pitch-perfect tone, in prose approaching poetry.” — Historical Novel Society
  • Hild is the most absorbing and addictive story I’ve read in years… It’s feminist, intelligent, glorious.” — Vulpes Libris
  • “The best fictional attempt to recreate Dark Age Britain that I have ever read.” — Alex Woolf

More reviews, some interviews, and links to extras here.