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In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield


In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield

In Great Waters is a fictional history both familiar and alien. In Kit Whitfield's stunning reimagining of the world, an uneasy accord holds between the people of the land and the people of the sea. Without deepsmen guarding its shores, no nation can resist invasion - and without princes born of the royal blood, part landsman and part deepsman, no nation can maintain its allies in the ocean. The royal strain is fiercely protected, and the penalties for unauthorised breeding between landsmen and deepsmen are terrible. But now the house of England is collapsing under centuries of inbreeding. Anne, its youngest scion, watches her mother's desperate fight to keep the throne stable and prays for a safer world. But hidden away on a secluded estate is Henry, bastard heathen, groomed all his cold, lonely life to make a grab for power. If either of them is to survive the coming conflict, they wil need more than faith alone.

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A powerfully intelligent novel * Independent * Ms Whitfield [shows] undoubted powers of imagination and literary talent * Daily Mail * It's a brilliantly realised picture of a medieval England that never was, and a Machiavellian meditation on what must be done to seize, wield and maintain power -- Brandon Robshaw * Independent on Sunday *

About the Author

Kit Whitfield is a graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge and completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first novel, Bareback (published in the US as Benighted) was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. She lives in London.

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Publication date

4th March 2010


Kit Whitfield

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


416 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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