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The Fish Ladder A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury
  

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As Katharine Norbury tracks rivers and mountains, her own personal story plays out against this watery landscape. As an adopted child, serious illness leads her to search for her real mother and some of the most poignant parts of the book deal with the rejection she encounters but there is healing both in body and in the shape of a newly found half-brother. A powerful and moving account of how nature has the power to heal – even the most wounded of souls. ~ Sue Baker

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The Fish Ladder A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury

LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the beauty of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine and her nine-year-old daughter Evie decide to follow a river from the sea to its source. But a chance circumstance forces Katharine to the door of the woman who gave her up all those years ago.

Reviews

'Beautiful and brave ... A modern Greek myth' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life

'What a delight! The Fish Ladder is a luminous sort of book, beautifully written, darting here and there like a kingfisher over a stream. A beautiful, strange, intoxicating and utterly unique story' Philip Pullman

'The Fish Ladder is truly compelling. Its diverse mix of nature, travel and personal history combines to produce a moving journal of one woman's endeavours to walk from dark into light. Warm and touching, its impact lies in its simplicity and emotional power' Jo Brand

About the Author

Katharine Norbury trained as a film editor with the BBC and has worked extensively in film and television drama. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA programme at UEA and a doctoral candidate at Goldsmiths. She lives in London with her family. The Fish Ladder is her first book.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th March 2016

Author

Katharine Norbury

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Travel
The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9781408859261

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