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The Highest Tide

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Reviewed on Richard & Judy on 5th July 2006.
There is a plot and a strong sense of place, but it is the marine life that really stands out in this strange coming-of-age tale. Highly recommended.

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The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

One unforgettable night, thirteen-year-old Miles goes to the flats near his home in search of shellfish, only to discover something startling and remarkable: a giant squid. Instantly he becomes a local celebrity and is pursued by TV crews urging him to explain the phenomenon. His psychic friend Florence predicts that even more astonishing discoveries are to come, indicators of the highest tide in fifty years. Yet Miles worries more about matters closer to home: will his passion for his ex-babysitter Angie go unrequited? Will his arguing parents divorce? Is everything, even the bay, shifting from him?


'***** This novel is so very special. If you reach the last page without having laughed out loud, felt tears well up or at least once sat back in wonder at the extraordinary descriptions of the sea and its creatures, then you may, quite simply, be inhuman'
Independent on Sunday

'Original and appealing. His love of the ocean is infectious

Even the most hard-hearted readers will finish this book wishing they had their own bay to explore'
Matt Thorne, Sunday Telegraph

'The Highest Tide is one of the best novels it has been my pleasure to read for many a day

Buy it you should. It is lyrical, moving, funny and breathtakingly well written

This is a great novel which you will want to reread'
Susan Hill, Spectator

'Poetic yet lean, restrained, lucid and radiant. The metaphors are sharp and newly minted, and the beautifully observed and described details of marine life suffused with a Wordsworthian sense of wonder'
The Times

About the Author

Jim Lynch
Jim Lynch has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington state native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Photograph © Denise Lynch

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1st May 2006


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc


256 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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