Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (Paperback)
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Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (Paperback)

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Published: 03/11/2016
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A Times bestseller

'Wonderful...I was hooked from the first page. It's the real stuff.' - Michael Frayn
'Deeply affecting' - Guardian
'Superb' - Mail on Sunday
'Barney Norris is a rare and precious talent' - Evening Standard

'There exists in all of us a song waiting to be sung which is as heart-stopping and vertiginous as the peak of the cathedral. That is the meaning of this quiet city, where the spire soars into the blue, where rivers and stories weave into one another, where lives intertwine.'

One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – all facing their own personal disasters. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.

Barney Norris's third novel, The Vanishing Hours, will be published in July 2019.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784161354
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Wonderful…I was hooked from the first page. Barney has the real novelist’s ability to inhabit different characters, and to make the texture of life tangible and compelling. Everything he writes about love, loss, grief, desolation, and moments of hope and illumination rings absolutely true. It’s the real stuff. - Michael Frayn

Remember the name Barney Norris. He's a new writer in his mid-twenties, but already outstanding. - Times

Looks well beyond the literary intelligentsia’s world, describing with great humanity five ordinary lives, and coming close, as it does so, to being a “state of the nation” novel – albeit one with none of the bombast the term usually implies…deeply affecting…a tolerant and insightful debut - Guardian

Barney Norris is a rare and precious talent...a writer-chronicler to be cherished. - Evening Standard

Outstanding...a moving, strangely uplifting novel that grapples with the coarse substance of everyday existence and poetically celebrates its passage. Superb. - Mail on Sunday

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“This is an amazing book.....”

" Stories weave into one another. Lives intertwine. " that is what this book is about. Five lives, five stories, five people and one car crush then how these five lives collide each other.

You can totally... More

Hardback edition
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Leilah at Doncaster

“An incredible new voice in fiction”

This is a novel of five lives intertwined. Of individual voices drawn together by geography and circumstance. I’ll admit that first change of voice, with a side-step from poetry to profanity, caught me by surprise.... More

Hardback edition
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“Too complex for me”

This was not what I expected from the writeup.
I wanted a good murder mystery, with likeable characters I could relate to.
Instead, I found this to be the sort of book I would expect students may study as part of an... More

Paperback edition
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