The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

Author(s): M. Harrison

Novel

 



"That M. John Harrison is not a Nobel laureate proves the bankruptcy of the literary establishment. Austere, unflinching and desperately moving, he is one of the very great writers alive today. And yes, he writes fantasy and sf, though of a form, scale and brilliance that it shames not only the rest of the field, but most modern fiction." —China Mieville


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 fourteen.


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.


Review: Harrison's vision is compelling - Financial Times


A curious and accomplished writer - Guardian


Harrison draws the reader on by the clarity of his vision and writing - Independent


Austere, unflinching and desperately moving, he is one of the very great writers alive today


Author Biography: M. John Harrison (1945 - ) Michael John Harrison is the author of, amongst others, the Viriconium stories, The Centauri DeviceClimbersThe Course of the HeartSigns of LifeLight and Nova Swing. He has won the Boardman Tasker Award (Climbers), the James Tiptree Jr Award (Light) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award (Nova Swing). He lives in Shropshire.

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  • : 9781473232150
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Gollancz
  • : June 2020
  • : 2.9 Centimeters X 23.2 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : M. Harrison
  • : Paperback
  • : 384