'It’s the longest day of the year and it’s pouring rain in a holiday park on a Scottish loch. This simple setting is all that Sarah Moss needs to explore the deep truths of humanity via the innermost thoughts, desires and fears of the guests at the park. Her wit, insight and empathy make this quiet novel a compelling wonder, bubbling with underlying menace. It’s an absolute triumph and I could not put it down.'
Recommended by Martin Shannon, Dubray Dun Laoghaire
'Sharp, searching, thoroughly imagined, utterly of the moment . . . it throws much contemporary writing into the shade' Hilary MantelFrom the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided times.On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.'Nothing escapes her sly humour and brilliant touch. Deft and brimming with life, Summerwater is a novel of endless depth. A masterpiece.' Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
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