Water Shall Refuse Them (Paperback)
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Water Shall Refuse Them (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 04/07/2019
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A haunting take on the coming of age tale, Hardy’s sinuous narrative channels the finest traditions of British folk horror to cast the Welsh landscape in an uncanny pagan light. Charting the burgeoning relationship between two damaged young souls, Water Shall Refuse Them oozes an ineffably eerie atmosphere and chill sense of impending dread.

Our Welsh Book of the Month for July 2019

The heatwave of 1976.

Following the accidental drowning of her sister, sixteen-year-old Nif and her family move to a small village on the Welsh borders to escape their grief. But rural seclusion doesn't bring any relief.

As her family unravels, Nif begins to put together her own form of witchcraft - collecting talismans from the sun-starved land. That is, until she meets Mally, a teen boy who takes a keen interest in her, and has his own secret rites to divulge.

Reminiscent of the suspense of Shirley Jackson and soaked in the folk horror of the British landscape, Water Shall Refuse Them is an atmospheric coming-of-age novel and a thrilling debut.

Publisher: Cinder House
ISBN: 9781911585565
Number of pages: 256


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A coming of age story where the threat of violence shimmers like a heat haze.' - Andrew Michael Hurley, author of The Loney

'Something strong, vivid and disquieting grows tall from Folk Horror soil in this novel.' - Aliya Whiteley, author of The Arrival of Missives

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“Relentlessly Creepy”

The novel is set during the mid-1970s as Nif and her family move to an idyllic town to escape the grief of their daughter's death. Nif starves off boredom by searching the heatwave parched fields for talismans... More

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Clara Bow

“100% Disturbing”

This is one of those novels that really gets under your skin.
There is a sinister undertone that slowly builds to a twisted, tragic ending.
Full of superstition, a little bit twitchy and a 100% disturbing.

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Sally Harris

“An unsettling folk horror and coming of age novel.”

Set during the summer heatwave of 1976, Nif and her family leave their home to spend a month in a small rural Welsh village in the hope they can begin to heal following the death of Nif’s younger sister.
But the... More

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