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Pondweed

by Lisa Blower

Humour (fiction) Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices

LoveReading View on Pondweed

Wonderfully quirky and yet earthy and tangible, this is an engaging and entertaining read. When is a holiday not a holiday? When 71 year old pond supplies salesman Selwyn Robby arrives home towing the work caravan, he tells his childhood sweetheart Ginny she has to pack her bag as they’re off to Wales. What follows is a road trip full of strange encounters, soul-searching and revelation. With a few words Lisa Blower allowed me to not only see, but feel the words. Descriptions slipped from the page into vibrant life. I could vividly picture the saucy mermaid curtains and fully stocked bar in the Toogood Aquatics caravan which becomes their world and future. I floundered alongside Ginny and Selwyn and I ached for the two of them even as I smiled. Pondweed flipped me onto a different thought path, where I strolled for a while and thoroughly enjoyed my journey.

Liz Robinson

Pondweed Synopsis

One Monday afternoon, around three o'clock, pond supplies salesman Selwyn Robby arrives home towing the Toogood Aquatics exhibition caravan and orders his like-wife, Imogen 'Ginny' Dare, to get into the car. He's taking her on a little holiday, he says. To Wales.

So begins their road trip west via ponds, pitstops, and blasts from Selwyn's past. But it's a fishy business towing this caravan with its saucy mermaid curtains, fully stocked bar, and the words 'For your pondlife and beyond' in the slanted red font favoured by Pound shops. And Ginny must untangle the pondweed to get to the bottom of it, even it does mean unearthing her own murky past to find out.

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Pondweed Press Reviews

'In Pondweed, Lisa Blower takes us on a mysterious quest along the dual carriageways and B roads of the West Midlands. Her great talent is to make compelling characters of normal people, and show us all the strangeness they contain.'CHRIS POWER

'Funny, moving, philosophical and wise. A road trip through life, loss, and the murky depths of the human heart. Utterly charming and utterly hilarious.' EMMA JANE UNSWORTH

'Her stories are at times the laugh-out-loud funny of Alan Bennett and at others, the achingly sad of the great, David Constantine.' PAUL MCVEIGH

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ISBN: 9781912408863
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781912408733
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912408863
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Lisa Blower
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Humour, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lisa Blower

Lisa Blower won The Guardian National Short Story Award in 2009, and was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 and longlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press anthologies, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. She is a contributor to Common People edited by Kit de Waal. Her debut novel Sitting Ducks was shortlisted for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize 2017 and longlisted for The Guardian Not the Booker 2016. She has a PhD from Bangor University and is now senior lecturer in English ...

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