Swimming Underwater (Paperback)
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Swimming Underwater (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 01/09/2006
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When Ruth and Gray meet as children while their parents play at being adults in a rackety old Bohemian house, an electricity passes between them that neither will ever forget. Their paths soon separate as Gray moves to Paris with his girlfriend, and Ruth finds Liam, a sensible and long-suffering friend with whom she falls in love. But Ruth's eccentric upbringing lingers into adulthood. Affected by her old Aunt Jane's passion for poetry, Ruth embarks on a comprehensive book of Twentieth Century poets' lives. Soon, Ruth's thoughts become haunted by the lives of the poets and dreamers she writes about, as the self-destructive talents of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Philip Larkin begin to influence her in unexpected ways. Until one day, she meets Gray, and their historic chemistry is fired up once again. Joughin's exquisite sense of place, her comic eye and wry, erotic prose are prime ingredients in this page-turning novel full of vivid characters, elegance and humanity.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552771542
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"'Many things are left unsaid in Sheena Joughin's Swimming Underwater and the effect is all the more resonant and intriguing...superb control'" * Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times *
"A carefully charged novel about insiders, outsiders and the unsayable things and passions in any life....As with her first novel, something comes together here with a kind of grace. When it does, the effect is both philosophical and a pleasure...beautifully underplayed" * Ali Smith, The Guardian *
"An admirably muted novel combining graceful description with piquant observation ... a fine second novel from a perceptive author" * TLS *
"Don't miss this, a take on the idea that the course of true love never runs smooth" * Red *
"'[Joughin] displays her short-story writing gift for minute observation, starting slowly with the dysfunctional relationship between Ruth and Liam. Joughin's acute sensitivity to language and idiosyncratic behaviour makes this a coolly refreshing read'" * Glasgow Herald *

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