Ramblers, lugger-buggers, sods - Sam Marsdyke's mind doesn't only employ a language of its own; it constitutes its own world. And that world is not always a safe place. A lonely young man dogged by an incident in his past, Marsdyke works on the family farm instead of attending school in his Yorkshire village. He keeps to himself as he goes about his daily routines, isolated from the townspeople. But from the moment he lays eyes on Josephine, his new neighbor from London, this careful seclusion starts to crumble. What begins as a friendship between an outsider and a rebellious but naive teenage girl takes an unsettling turn, and as the pair sets out on the run, Sam's imagination is revealed to be capable of much more than innocent games. At once harrowing, funny and poignant, Out Backward traces a journey not just across the untamed beauty of the Yorkshire Moors but into the mind of Sam Marsdyke - a character who lingers long after the novel's final arresting page.
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