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A deeply emotional, dramatic, and refreshingly original story for young (or older) adults, set in the late 1990’s in Australia. Teenager Sam’s mother dies in his arms on New Year’s Eve, mourning and traumatised, he moves in with his estranged Aunt and cousins, and his life is forever altered. The first chapter simply and vividly set the scene, I could look around me, almost touch, smell, hear my surroundings. Claire Zorn writes with eloquent empathy, yet doesn’t hide from heartache. As I read I could see Sam’s pain as a stinging physical entity. I found myself completely immersed in the story, the words caught hold of me, picked me up and ran. Sam’s raw emotions scorch the pages, he is the focus, yet the surrounding characters are fascinating in their own right. I adored the ending, where it left me, how it left me feeling. At times hope seems so very far away, yet it is very much a part of this story. ’One Would Think The Deep’ is a beautifully written tale, tender yet penetrating and powerful, it offered itself to me and let me sink into its depths.
It's 1997 and Sam is supposed to be going into Year Twelve, listening to Jeff Buckley far too loud and staying out skating with his friends until late. But instead, after the death of his mother, he finds himself moving from Sydney to the coast to live with estranged cousins Minty and Shane. Confused, alone and grieving, Sam starts surfing with Minty to ease the static in his head. But out of the water he finds hostility and suspicion practically vibrating from every corner. What exactly happened seven years ago that tore such a rift in the family? In the face of hostility and loss, Sam is able to escape in the water - and even in love. Will he find a way through? Will he sink or swim? The first UK publication of a YA sensation from Australian author Claire Zorn. This is her third novel (all three have won many awards) but it is the first to be published in the UK. Awarded the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Readers Shortlisted for the 2016 Queensland Literary Award - Young Adult Literature
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This is a terrific novel with characters and place that jump off the page - you won't be able to stop reading it! Full review
An astute overview of the many layers of grief and uses the surfing scene as a way of re-populating Sam’s life. Full review
One Would Think the Deep has a potent emotional heart, great characters and beautiful writing. Built around gorgeous evocations of surfing and the sea, it is driven by wonderfully evoked characters and an empathetic exploration of masculinity. Sitting squarely at the older reader's end of the young adult fiction spectrum, the narrative flows with effortless grace. In this impressive work, Zorn is unflinching in her pproach to characters and setting, demonstrating an enviably assured level of craft in her writing. New South Wales Library
One Would Think the Deep is perfectly placed in 1997, but the teenage voice resonates with contemporary authenticity. Zorn has proven, again, that she is a writer who feels deeply the complex emotional lives of teenagers, and is not afraid to lay them bare. Bev Kavanagh
What I enjoyed most about this book is the heartfelt pain as told through the eyes of a male teen protagonist. Kids Bookreview
'I think that part of what makes Claire Zorn's writing so magical is the way she envelops the reader in surroundings that are so believable and so vivid that one can't help but devour this book in one go. Written Word Worlds
Publication date: 28/08/2018
Publisher: Ransom Publishing
|Publication date:||28th August 2018|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage), General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Claire Zorn is the critically acclaimed author of young adult novels The Sky So Heavy and The Protected. Both books have been shortlisted for multiple awards. The Protected was awarded Young Adult Book of the Year 2015 by the Children s Book Council of Australia, and won both the 2015 Victorian Premier s Literary Award and the 2015 Prime Minister s Literary Award for young adult fiction. Claire Zorn grew up in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. She studied Fine Arts at UWS and Writing at UTS. She currently lives on the South Coast of NSW with her ...More About Claire Zorn