The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (Paperback)M. John Harrison (author)
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From one of the fathers of modern science fiction comes a beguiling and disquieting vision of a waterlogged post-Brexit Britain fuelled by wild conspiracy theories and ever more mysterious occurrences.
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020
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.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 26 mm
'...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
'Unsettling and insinuating, fabulously alert to the spaces between things, Harrison is without peer as a chronicler of the fraught, unsteady state we're in.' - The Guardian
'Like reading Thomas Pynchon underwater, this is a book of alienation, atmosphere, half glimpsed revelation - and some of the most beautiful writing you'll ever encounter.' - Daily Mail
'One of the strangest and most unsettling novels of the year.' - The Herald
'Harrison is a linguistic artist, constructing sentences that wrap and weave like a stream of consciousness without ever breaking focus...every sentence is a decadent bite of a new sensation.' - Sci Fi Now
'Uncanny and exquisite.' - Morning Star
'The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again is a novel so good all the usual reviewerish superlatives barely seem superlative enough.' - Adam Roberts, Sibilant Fricative
'Harrison's unsettling and melancholy novel, gritted with farce and dreadful laughter, shouts award-winner on every page.' - The Times
'Richly textured...slippery and seedy.' - The Spectator
'A deeply unsettling fever dream of a novel. 4.5 out of 5.' - SFX
'[There is] beauty and precision of [Harrison's] psychogeographic prose. 9.4/10.' - Fantasy Book Review
'Masterful and deeply affecting.' - Locus Magazine
'This excellent book may be the most unsettling piece of fiction you read this year...' - Shiny New Books
'Harrison is a linguistic artist, constructing sentences that wrap and weave like a stream of consciousness without ever breaking focus.' - Sci-Fi Paradise
'Unset tling, brilliant, and pretty much unlike anything anyone else is doing.' - Locus
'Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and like much of Harrison's works, there are scenes of such sublime strangeness that they linger in the mind long after the novel is over. As such it is another triumph from one of our finest writers, and essential reading for 2020.' - Fantasy Hive
'One of the best writers of fiction currently at work in English.' - Robert MacFarlane
'A stunning masterpiece.' - Paul Cornell
'As ominous and bizarre as the title suggests. This funny, unsettling book is better left undescribed, but 'post-Brexit England haunted by green fish-people growing out of toilet bowls' should, uh, whet the appetite.' - Rory Scothorne, New Statesman Books of the year
'Slippery and dreamlike, a profoundly and eerily disquieting experience . . . future critics will find in his writing a distinct, clear-eyed vision of late-twentieth and early-twenty-first-century life.' - J.S. Barnes, Times Literary Supplement
'Brilliantly unsettling * Olivia Laing
'M. John Harrison's masterpiece.' - Frances Wilson, New Statesman
'Absolutely astonishing.' - Michael Marshall Smith
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