A Summer of Drowning
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A Summer of Drowning

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A young girl, Liv, lives with her mother on a remote island in the Arctic Circle. Her only friend is an old man who beguiles her with tales of trolls, mermaids, and the huldra, a wild spirit who appears as an irresistably beautiful girl, to tempt young men to danger and death. Then two boys drown within weeks of each other under mysterious circumstances, in the still, moonlit waters off the shores of Liv's home. Were the deaths accidental or were the boys lured to their doom by a malevolent spirit?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 220g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099422379
  • 9780099422372
  • 107,531

About John Burnside

John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St Andrews University.show more

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"It's very, very rare for a writer to be equally good at poems and novels. John Burnside is. He's a brilliant poet, a brilliant memoirist, and a brilliant novelist ... breathtakingly good" -- Christina Patterson * Independent * "The most defining aspect of Burnside's work aside from its linguistic exactness is the beauty of his prose. Quite simply, he is a wonderful writer. Whatever he is writing always seems real and, considering much of the content of this new novel, that is a considerable asset for any storyteller" -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * "Burnside allows the ambiguity to remain in a hauntingly memorable book" -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times * "In this beautifully sustained novel madness, mystery and myth-making collide. Burnside has an eerie attunement to the ineffable nature of existence and the fictions we construct to navigate and explain it" -- Adam O'Riordan * Financial Times * "The novel invites you to view storytelling as akin to madness...In a book that often makes coded reference to itself to provoke serious thought as to what fiction is about, this counts as a joke. Its evasions may discomfit those who like to know exactly where they stand, but those who enjoy being teased as well as spooked should relish an eerie, ethereal novel that alludes to Lewis Carroll and uses methods of Hitchcock and David Lynch" * Daily Telegraph *show more

Review Text

"In this beautifully sustained novel madness, mystery and myth-making collide. Burnside has an eerie attunement to the ineffable nature of existence and the fictions we construct to navigate and explain it"show more

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'Madness, mystery and myth-making collide... Burnside has an eerie attunement to the ineffable nature of existence and the fictions we construct to navigate and explain it' Adam O'Riordan, Financial Times A young girl, Liv, lives with her mother on a remote island in the Arctic Circle. Her only friend is Kyrre, an old man who beguiles her with tales of trolls, mermaids, and the huldra, a wild spirit who appears as an irresistibly beautiful girl, to tempt young men to danger and death. Then two boys, classmates of Liv, drown within weeks of each other under mysterious circumstances in the still, moonlit waters off the shores of her home. Were the deaths accidental, or were the boys lured to their doom by a malevolent spirit? 'It's very, very rare for a writer to be equally good at poems and novels. John Burnside is. He's a brilliant poet, a brilliant memoirist, and a brilliant novelist' Independent 'Written with deceptive elegance, riddled with gaps and non sequiturs and a clever travesty of several genres, this is a disturbing, provocative book' Guardianshow more

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