The Perfect Golden Circle, by Benjamin Myers (Bloomsbury Circus 2022)

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Almost plotless, this novel tracks the summer of 1989 in rural England, and two very different men, who create crop circles at night. Calvert is a traumatised veteran of the Falklands War, and Redbone is a creative, chaotic and mysterious character. It's loosely based on the two men who admitted to being responsible for many of the more elaborate crop circles that appeared in the last 1980s and early 1990s. Each chapter is about the creation of a different, ever more elaborate design, the dialogue is arch and ironic, the descriptions of the landscape and wildlife beautiful and poetic. It's a lovely, gentle book.