Surrounded by Water is a moving exploration of grief and love and the darker depths that lie beneath the surface of a seemingly idyllic marriage.
Stephanie Butland at her best: tender, wise and intimate. Wonderful.
Heartbreaking, insightful, gripping and beautifully crafted.
an extremely well-written debut
Brilliantly compelling from the first page to the last.
Peopled with characters who matter and layered with love in all its forms.
A delicious, emotional, wistful book about missed chances and finding new hope.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.I was completely immersed to the point it no longer seemed like I was reading but discovering the truth and liesof these brilliant characters.
An immensely powerful, and ultimately uplifting, debut novel.
Outstanding – I highly recommend this novel.
I’m Stephanie Butland and I write books and tell stories. I’m thriving after cancer. Welcome to my website, where you can find out more about what I’ve written and what I’m doing.
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You know that novel I banged on about for all of last year? Performance poetry/Whitby/bookshops, and all? Well, it has found a home, and so has the book I am writing next/now/soon (depending on whether you consider lots of books with post-its in them and a noticeboard covered in more post-its and brightly coloured cards […]