"A stunning book—a balm for our times—containing the incredible gift of the everyday."
—Kirkus, Starred Review
"[Emergency is] a gorgeous novel of a youth spent on the cusp of societal upheaval."
“A common fragility unites all species in this quietly magnificent novel.”
—Damian Walsh, Literary Review
“This book succeeds because of the chilly and beautifully sustained voice of its narrator, the precise embroidery of its sentences and paragraphs, its observations of the natural world and insistence that there is no distinction between humans and environments.”
—Sarah Moss, The Guardian
“Daisy Hildyard’s Emergency is a pastoral novel for the age of dissolving boundaries.The slowness and gentleness of the text, its pace and its language, make you consider its title.”
—Abi Andrews, The Irish Times
“Past and present, nature and humanity, life and death intermix, ebbing and flowing in a stream of prose that carries the reader on an exhilarating … and violent ride.”
—Philippa Nutall, The New Statesman
“Hildyard doesn’t offer the narratives of therapy, social criticism or self-development to be found in other English pastoralists …. Her style is more reminiscent of such contemporary poets as Kathleen Jamie and Alice Oswald, with their quiet and attentive watchfulness to a non-human reality they only half-understand. Her prose calls for, and frequently earns, the same respectful attentiveness from its readers.”
—Dr. Nikhil Krishnan, The Telegraph