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Swimming Home

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012.

Swimming Home is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidious harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a single week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams.

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Synopsis

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy's writing combines linguistic virtuosity, technical brilliance and a strong sense of what it means to be alive. Swimming Home represents a new direction for a major writer. In this book, the wildness and the danger are all the more powerful for resting just beneath the surface. With its deep psychology, biting humour and deceptively light surface, it wears its darkness lightly.

Reviews

'Deborah Levy's storytelling is allusive, elliptical and disturbing. Her touch is gentle, often funny and always acute - This is a prizewinner.'
Julia Pascal, The Independent

'Swimming Home is a statement on the power of the unsaid. Magisterial - Themes, phrases and images recur in rhythmic cycles through this fugal novel. Levy's cinematic clarity and momentum convey confusion with remarkable lucidity.'
Abigail Deutsch, TLS

'Deborah Levy has made something strange and new - spiky and unsettling. In Swimming Home, home is elusive, safety is unlikely, and the reader closes the book both satisfied and unnerved.'
John Self, The Guardian

'Swimming Home is as sharp as a wasp sting.'
Christina Petrie, Sunday Times

'A compact treasure.'
Boyd Tonkin, in his round

-up of the year's best fiction, The Independent 'Dark, sometimes humorous, intriguing and tragic, Levy's tale held me captive from its dramatic beginning
Lucy Popescu, The Tablet

'Levy's strength is her originality of thought and expression.'
Jeanette Winterson

About the Author

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised books including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography (both Jonathan Cape) and Billy and Girl (Bloomsbury).

Author photo © Sheila Burnett

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2011

Author

Deborah Levy

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Author's Website

www.deborahlevy.co.uk/

Publisher

And Other Stories

Format

Paperback
176 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781908276025

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