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Haweswater

Haweswater

Last 9 in stock
ISBN
9780571315604
Published
03/03/2016
9780571315604
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
288

About the Book

The prizewinning debut from Britain's most exciting contemporary novelist.

In a remote dale in a northern English county, a centuries-old rural community has survived into the mid-1930s almost unchanged. But then Jack Liggett drives in from the city, the spokesman for a Manchester waterworks company with designs on the landscape for a vast new reservoir. The dale must be evacuated, flooded, devastated; its water pumped to the Midlands and its community left in ruins.

Liggett further compounds the village's problems when he begins a troubled affair with Janet Lightburn, a local woman of force and character who is driven to desperate measures in an attempt to save the valley.

Told in luminous prose, with an intuitive sense for period and place, Haweswater remembers a rural England that has been lost for many decades.

The prizewinning debut from Britain's most exciting contemporary novelist.In a remote dale in a northern English county, a centuries-old rural community has survived into the mid-1930s almost unchanged. But then Jack Liggett drives in from the city, the spokesman for a Manchester waterworks company with designs on the landscape for a vast new reservoir. The dale must be evacuated, flooded, devastated; its water pumped to the Midlands and its community left in ruins.Liggett further compounds the village's problems when he begins a troubled affair with Janet Lightburn, a local woman of force and character who is driven to desperate measures in an attempt to save the valley.Told in luminous prose, with an intuitive sense for period and place, Haweswater remembers a rural England that has been lost for many decades.
  • Sarah Hall

    Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. Twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, she is the award-winning author of five novels and three short-story collections – The Beautiful Indifference, which won the Edge Hill and Portico prizes, Madame Zero, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and winner of the East Anglian Book Award, and Sudden Traveller (2019). She is currently the only author to be three times shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, which she won in 2013 with ‘Mrs Fox’.  

“A strikingly original first novel, full not just of fury but also of the most sensitive compassion for the people and the place, and an understanding of both which is rare.”
- Margaret Forster
“First impression: here is a new writer of show-stopping genius; everyone should buy this novel... I stand by my original impressions. Go forth and buy; prepare to weep.”
- Helen Falconer, Guardian

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