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The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again: Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020

by M. John Harrison

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Published 15th April 2021, 272 pages
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*WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2020*

*A New Statesman Book of the Year*

‘…Draws a portrait of watery, post-Brexit Britain that brings shivers of both unease and recognition’ Jonathan Coe, Sunday Times Bestselling author of Middle England and What a Carve Up!

Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020, this is fiction that pushes the boundaries of the novel form.

Shaw had a breakdown, but he’s getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor’s daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age thirteen.

It’s not ideal, but it’s a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn’t got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that, on dark nights by the river, seems less and less theoretical…

Meanwhile, Victoria is up in the Midlands, renovating her dead mother’s house, trying to make new friends. But what, exactly, happened to her mother? Why has the local waitress disappeared into a shallow pool in a field behind the house? And why is the town so obsessed with that old Victorian morality tale, The Water Babies?

As Shaw and Victoria struggle to maintain their relationship, the sunken lands are rising up again, unnoticed in the shadows around them.

Details

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again: Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020
by M. John Harrison

ISBN
9780575096363

Publisher
Orion Publishing Co

Binding
Paperback

Publication date
April 15, 2021

Dimensions
19.6cm x 13.0cm x 2.6cm

Page count
272 pages