Brilliantly compelling from the first page to the last.
I read Surrounded by Water last night in one big gulp…It’s beautiful and sad, the characters so well-drawn, and the writing is gorgeous. I had to take a deep breath and let out a big sigh when I’d finished.
An immensely powerful, and ultimately uplifting, debut novel.
Outstanding – I highly recommend this novel.
Profound, insightful, rich and sensual, exquisitely written . . . One of those novels that haunts and tugs at one’s own corners, long after you’ve sadly laid it to rest.
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 extremely well-written debut
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.
A delicious, emotional, wistful book about missed chances and finding new hope.
Heartwarming and beautifully written.
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Stephanie Butland and Shelley Harris are delighted to announce two brand-new one-day writing retreats, taking place at the Library Of Birmingham on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016. Write Words: Shape, Structure and Flow Spend a day on the shape of your novel. How will you tell your story? What will keep the reader […]