Coming Up for Air (Hardback)
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Coming Up for Air (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 19/03/2020
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THREE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES INTERTWINE ACROSS OCEANS AND TIME


'Bold in its weaving of three ingeniously linked storylines and rich in sensuous detail and vivid characterisation. I can't wait for her next.' PATRICK GALE


'A stunning, stirring story told with exceptional skill and rare beauty' TERRI WHITE


'Glittering. A triumph.' RACHEL JOYCE


On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live.

Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life.


**LONGLISTED FOR THE HWA GOLD CROWN 2020**

MORE PRAISE FOR COMING UP FOR AIR:
'Extraordinary.' FRANCIS SPUFFORD
'Vivid, evocative, moving. I loved it' CLAIRE FULLER

'Where breathing becomes drowning, and life teeters on the very edge' MARK HADDON
'Spellbinding and beautifully written.' CARYS BRAY
'Dazzling . . . I savoured every word of its beautiful prose' PRIMA

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857526519
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Coming Up For Air confirms Sarah Leipciger as a major talent. A meditation on mortality and our will to survive and save, it's really bold in its weaving of three ingeniously linked storylines and rich in sensuous detail and vivid characterisation. I can't wait for her next. * Patrick Gale *
A stunning, stirring story told with exceptional skill and rare beauty. * Terri White *

Sarah Leipciger captures the nature of solitude and stillness in a way that no other writer does. THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT was a wonder. COMING UP FOR AIR expands her range even further, exploring that eerie shoreline where land and ocean meet, where breathing becomes drowning, and life teeters on the very edge.

* Mark Haddon *
An extraordinary, three-century braid of air and water: the way we float, the way we drown, the way we surface again against the odds. * Francis Spufford *
Vivid, evocative, moving. I loved it * Claire Fuller *
Here is a novel that dares to cross the boundaries of time, the elements, life and death, and does so with the twists and hooks and magic of a consummate story teller. * Rachel Joyce *
Spellbinding and beautifully written . . . an extraordinary novel. I can't wait to read what Leipciger writes next. * Carys Bray *
Exceptional skill... exquisite descriptions... Fact and fiction flow together like two rivers conjoining and making together for the sea... a beautiful novel of compassion... * The New European *
Dazzling . . . A stunning interwoven story of three threads set in different times and countries . . . I savoured every word of its beautiful prose. * Prima *
Hauntingly melancholic and richly detailed * Scottish Herald. *
Leipciger writes with great compassion and precision, her language is an exquisite mix of muscle and grace * Michele Forbes *
Writing to sink into. Just stunning. * Wyl Menmuir *
Gripping from the first page. * Katy Khan *
Captivating and thought-provoking . . . Leipciger is a masterful and brilliant storyteller . . . a fascinating and enthralling must-read. * Booklist *
This is a carefully patterned book whose larger design takes a delicious amount of time to reveal itself...Leipciger is a beautiful painter of place...but her real interest is in exploring what makes a life * Daily Mail *

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MrsElsie

“Beautiful and riveting”

You must read this beautiful, riveting novel.
There are three main stories within it.
In 1899 a young girl becomes a companion to an elderly Parisian woman, and a love affair leads to a series of terrible events, and... More

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“A book to share”

Three very different stories, three different eras, one common thread. First we meet a young woman, driven to end her life on the banks of the River Seine in 1899. Years later, Pieter, a toymaker by trade, is called... More

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“Wonderful writing”

There's no doubt this is a beautifully written, almost lyrical book. There is no central theme. There isn't one main event the story is centred around. Instead we get accounts of 4 seemingly disparate people... More

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