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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Butland at her best: tender, wise and intimate. Wonderful.
Peopled with characters who matter and layered with love in all its forms.
An immensely powerful, and ultimately uplifting, debut novel.
an extremely well-written debut
A delicious, emotional, wistful book about missed chances and finding new hope.
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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 […]