Diving Belles

by Lucy Wood

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Diving Belles Synopsis

LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2012 Along Cornwall's ancient coast, from time to time, the flotsam and jetsam of the past can become caught in the cross-currents of the present and a certain kind of magic floats to the surface... Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants. And, on a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wreckers' lamps and baying hounds as Cornish folklore slips into everyday life.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781408830437
Publication date: 28th March 2013
Author: Lucy Wood
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Lucy Wood Press Reviews

'These stories are brilliantly uncanny: not because of the ghosts and giants and talking birds which haunt their margins, but because of what those unsettling presences mean for the very human characters at their centre ... A startling, and startlingly good, debut' Jon McGregor


'Lucy Wood has an intensity and clarity of expression, deeply rooted in a sense of place. Her stories have a purity and strength, and an underlying human warmth; they resonate in the mind'
Philip Hensher

'Each year, book blurbs tell you that a thousand new writers have fresh, distinctive voices. But fresh, distinctive voices are actually very rare. Lucy Wood has one'
Michel Faber


'These are stories from the places where magic and reality meet. It is as if the Cornish moors and coasts have whispered secrets into Lucy Wood's ears and, in response, she has fashioned exquisite tales of mystery and humanity. In her prose, the fabulous moves across the everyday like the surf moving over the shore, shifting it in subtle measures, leaving it altered in its wake' Ali Shaw, author of The Girl with Glass Feet


'Cornish folklore for the modern day done in a beautiful, spooky way' Harper's Bazaar


'A vibrant new voice Tatler Utterly different in every way from Keret, in their Angela Carter-ish Englishness, but equally compelling' -- Erica Wagner The Times

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ISBN: 9781408830437
Publication date: 28/03/2013
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408816851
Publication date: 19/01/2012
Format: Hardback

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About Lucy Wood

Lucy Wood has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Exeter University. She grew up in Cornwall. Diving Belles is her first work.

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