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The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood

November 8, 2017

An uncanny, startlingly beautiful story collection steeped in the Cornish landscape, from the award-winning author of Diving Belles and Other Stories and Weathering.

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At the very edge of England, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the land and visitors flock in with the summer like seagulls, there is a Cornwall that is not shown on postcards.

It is a place where communication cables buzz deep beneath the sand; where satellite dishes turn like flowers on clifftops, and where people drift like flotsam, caught in eddying tides. Restless children haunt empty holiday homes, a surfer struggles with the undertow of family life, a girl watches her childhood spin away from her in the whirl of a night-time fairground and, in a web of sea caves, a brother and sister search the dark for something lost.

These astonishing, beguiling stories of ghosts and shifting sands, of static caravans and shipwrecked cargo, explore notions of landscape and belonging, permanence and impermanence, and the way places can take hold and never quite let go.


Published 5th April 2018  | Hardback | 9780008193393 | RRP £14.99

If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of The Sing of the Shore, please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.

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