An iconic photograph. An automaton. A map of a strange city. And a girl who is profoundly lost.
Paraskeve and her concert pianist mother return to O, the city in which Paraskeve was conceived, in the year the borders of a long forgotten corner of Europe reopen. Putting into action a plan she has dreamt of for years, Paraskeve determines to stay and, through her dislocated relationships and fractured experience of a place that resists her attempts to understand it, she explores her own sense of belonging.
Fox Fires is a novel about the sensual experience of the city, of its sights and sounds, its hidden paths and the ambitions of those who walk them. It is a story about the ways in which we piece together our lives, the things we remember and those we wish to forget, and how we conceal ourselves both from ourselves and from others.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
Observer Best Fiction of 2016
Den of Geek Top Books of 2016
Joe Haddow, Producer Radio 2 Book Club, Top 10 Books of 2016
Praise for The Many
‘An intriguing, evocative and formally ambitious debut.’
Luke Brown, Financial Times
‘Menmuir’s homespun horror has flashes of Daphne du Maurier’s ghost-gothic and John Wyndham’s dystopia while displaying its own individuality and flair … Menmuir steers a steady course; the result is profound and discomfiting, and deserving of multiple readings.’
Catherine Taylor, The Guardian
‘The sparse prose is dark and intense, strikingly written with a haunting quality that sends shivers through the soul.’
Walking Stories is a collection of five short stories based on the five inhabited islands of Scilly. Published by Islands Partnership in 2018, Wyl's story, Images I Did Not Capture With My Camera, is based on the island of St Martin's, and follows life on the island through the lens of a fisherman and photographer. The four other authors involved were Michael Morpurgo, Piers Lewin, Sam Llewellyn, and Marion Molteno.
You can listen to the stories in Walking Stories on the Visit Isles of Scilly website. Wyl's story, Images I Did Not Capture With My Camera is read by Ed Rowe, with music by Piers Lewin.
In Dark Places
‘There were once people who walked lightly. Who heard, in the space between their footsteps, reverberations and echoes of the fissures and caverns that lay below. Otherworlds and underworlds. Places that spoke to them.’
In Dark Places by Wyl Menmuir is the launch title for a series of pocket-size fiction, inspired by the history and environment of National Trust places.
In this darkly atmospheric story, a young couple on their honeymoon set out to explore Cheddar Gorge, only to find themselves increasingly distanced from one another as the presence of the claustrophobic caves closes in around them…
In 2018, In Dark Places was reprinted in Salt Publishing’s anthology, Best British Short Stories 2018 and online in The Barcelona Review.
Praise for In Dark Places
‘Thoroughly and delightfully brilliant. It has a thrilling sense of deep time. Inspirational.’
Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground
‘In Dark Places leads us ever-deeper into the Cheddar caves, away from the tourist shallows and towards an underworld where few people have ventured and still fewer come out. It’s a cool, polished tale that contains dizzying depths; a whispered ghost-story that makes a vast haunted house of the ground beneath our feet.
Xan Brooks, author of The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times
‘In Dark Places is immersive, a word that we can use for such a small fraction of the books out there. But it truly is… in this fantastic novella, it becomes clear that this writer sees more in the darkness than we readers see in the light.’
Rounds is a short story, published as a limited edition chapbook by Nightjar Press in November 2016.
Praise for Rounds
‘An absorbing and gorgeously eerie story with a lonely heart. The final, chilling scene is embedded in me like glass’
Alison Moore, author of The Lighthouse
A ‘short masterclass in balancing tone with an effective execution of tension.’
Swallowed by a Whale
Wyl's short essay, ‘A Long Game’, is published alongside the likes of David Mitchell, Carsten Jensen, Anthony Browne, Sarah Moss and Irvine Welsh in this gorgeous collection of essays about surviving the writing life edited and curated by Huw Lewis-Jones.
Features and book reviews
A local's guide to Falmouth, Cornwall (Guardian, 2018)
Waves and walks: the raw, romantic allure of Cornwall's Badlands (Guardian, 2018)
Taking Flight: an Isles of Scilly family adventure (Guardian, 2018)
Book review: As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Elementum, 2018)
Book review: The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott (The Observer, 2017)