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The Water Theatre

by Lindsay Clarke

Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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This is deeply impressive, with rich imagery, a complex and absorbing plot and a style reminiscent of John Fowles' The Magus.  It is a tale of a privileged, liberal family with a driven head, a wife who tries to smooth relationships and two headstrong siblings.  Into the mix comes our innocent narrator who holds the whole thing together while seemingly appearing to damage the entire family.  Through African politics, Italian indulgence, strange mysteries, art and deception, the big canvas unfolds in an imaginative, highly satisfying read.  He won the Whitbread (now Costa) Prize for Fiction with The Chymical Wedding.

 

Judging Panel Fiction Uncovered 2011: ‘Clarke’s family saga is a book with enormous sweep: with a story that takes us from working class Yorkshire to cultured Umbria, and to a newly independent West African state.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Water Theatre Synopsis

As war-reporter Martin Crowther arrives in Umbria, still raw from a recent assignment in Africa, and from a failing love affair back home, a storm hits and the sky opens. Things are powerfully on the move inside him too as he comes to the small village of Fontanalba, on a mission to track down two friends from a lifetime ago. Adam and Marina are the estranged children of his mentor, Hal Brigshaw, who is nearing the end of a turbulent life and wants to summon them home. But there are good reasons for their self-imposed exile, and not all of them are understood, and not all are in the past. An air of secrecy also surrounds preparations for an event at Fontanalba in which Adam and Marina have an extraordinary role to play. As Martin waits, trapped between duty and desire, he is both intrigued and dismayed by his dealings with a close-knit community, who seem bent on protecting their own - and on shaking the ground of Martin's life.

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ISBN: 9781846881305
Publication date: 18/04/2011
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846881305
Publication date: 18/04/2011
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846881305
Publication date: 18th April 2011
Author: Lindsay Clarke
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lindsay Clarke

Lindsay Clarke is the author of seven novels, including The Chymical Wedding, which won the Whitbread Award for Fiction in 1989. His novel, Sunday Whiteman, based on the time he spent as a teacher in the rainforest of West Africa, was shortlisted for the David Higham First Novel Award. He is also the author of five radio plays, which were broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and a pamphlet of verse, Stoker. His works have been translated into many languages.

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