September 2015 eBook of the Month.
Prepare a space in time for ‘The Crossing’, float on the surface of awareness before taking a deep breath and sinking slowly into a truly captivating read. Maud is different, a survivor, she exists in a state of solitude, yet she has an essence that other people want to charm, to capture. There is an edge of detachment, of looking out rather than in, yet somehow Andrew Miller lays a cord of connection and empathy. At times matter of fact, at times beautifully descriptive, the words become vivacious living pictures capable of evoking intense feeling. The sea journey is terrifyingly exquisite, the matter of fact recounting of informative activity, yet highly descriptive detailing of the physical world ensures each action, each hurt, each terror, is felt, it’s almost as though you are feeling and living Maud’s emotions, in her place. Beautifully mesmerising and on occasion painfully provocative, this is a stimulating and highly recommended novel. ~ Liz Robinson
She is sailing. She is alone. Ahead of her is the world's curve and beyond that, everything else. The known, the imagined, the imagined known. Who else has entered Tim's life the way Maud did? This girl who fell past him, lay seemingly dead on the ground, then stood and walked. That was where it all began. He wants her - wants to rescue her, to reach her. Yet there is nothing to suggest Maud has any need of him, that she is not already complete. A woman with a talent for survival, who works long hours and loves to sail - preferably on her own. A woman who, when a crisis comes, will turn to the sea for refuge, embarking on a voyage that will test her to the utmost, that will change everything ...From the Costa Award-winning author of Pure comes a viscerally honest, hypnotic portrait of modern love and motherhood, the lure of the sea and the ultimate unknowability of others. This pitch-perfect novel confirms Andrew Miller's position as one of the finest writers of his generation.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
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Praise for Pure:
'Pure is a near-faultless thing: detailed, symbolic and richly evocative of a time, place and man in dangerous flux. It is brilliance distilled' Sunday Telegraph
'His recreation of pre-Revolutionary Paris is extraordinarily vivid and imaginative, and his story is so gripping that you'll put your life on hold to finish it.' The Times
PRAISE FOR ANDREW MILLER: 'His writing is vivid, precise and constantly surprising ... It reads easily, suspends life until it is read and is a source of wonder and delight' Sunday Times
'A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts' Independent on Sunday
'His startling sentences, both beautiful and distressing, can lodge themselves in your brain' Daily Telegraph
Publication date: 27/08/2015
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||27th August 2015|
|Publisher:||Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. His first novel, INGENIOUS PAIN, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. His second novel, CASANOVA, was published in 1998, followed by OXYGEN, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, and THE OPTIMISTS, published in 2005.More About Andrew Miller