Heartbreaking, insightful, gripping and beautifully crafted.
Brilliantly compelling from the first page to the last.
Thought-provoking and moving… not to be missed.
Outstanding – I highly recommend this novel.
An immensely powerful, and ultimately uplifting, debut 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 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.
Peopled with characters who matter and layered with love in all its forms.
A remarkably moving read.
an extremely well-written debut
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Wow. It’s seven years today since I went in to surgery to remove the cancer from my right breast, and have my lymph nodes and the lump in my left breast investigated. I was decked out in a hospital gown and my best brave face, and someone had helpfully written ‘this side’ on my right […]