The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

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An urban fairy tale from the acclaimed author of 99 Reasons Why. Arthur Braxton runs away from school. He hides out in an abandoned building, an old Edwardian bathhouse. He discovers a naked woman swimming in the pool. From this point on, nothing will ever be the same. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is an unflinching account of the pain and trauma of adolescence and of how first love can transform the most unhappy of lives into something miraculous. It is a dark and brooding modern fairy tale from one of our most gifted writers.

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  • Paperback | 371 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 280g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007479093
  • 9780007479092
  • 15,770

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'Magical, weird and wonderful. Dark unique brilliance.' MATT HAIG, author of The Radleys 'This thoroughly modern retelling is everything a fairy tale should be: strange, beautiful and wholly unexpected.' TANYA BYRNE, author of Heart Shaped Bruise 'Will Self and Caroline Smailes are arch-experimentalists' OBSERVER 'She experiments, she doesn't settle. She's a restless, questing spirit - always in search of the story that shocks her readers out of complacency. And she is - book after book - getting herself a reputation as a force to be reckoned with.' STEPHEN MAY, author of Life! Death! Prizes! 'A quirky magical tale of wit, water and destiny. Caroline Smailes always writes with flair and empathy - this time she explores the power of our need to belong.' SARAH SALWAY, author of Something Beginning With 'A dark but enchanting tale of the redemptive power of love.' TOM VOWLER author of What Lies Within 'One of the most unusual and talented writers around .' STUART EVERS, Netgalley

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About Caroline Smailes

CAROLINE SMAILES lives in the North West of England with her husband and three children. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is her fifth novel. She can be found at and

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