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Black Lake by Johanna Lane


Black Lake by Johanna Lane

For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with the heartbreaking possibility of having to sell, John Campbell makes a very difficult decision; to keep Dulough he will turn the estate into a tourist attraction. He and his wife, daughter and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a small, damp caretaker's cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family, and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings are forced to the surface.


This is a charming story with gems for the thinker while being populated by interesting people for the lover of an easiy absorbed tale' * Book Bag * Quiet novels like Black Lake don't get much air-time, but it's worth cutting through the noise and losing yourself in this gently devastating read * Harper's Bazaar * Lane's prose is graceful, textured and her elegant stye reflects the Campbell's glazed retrograde world * Irish Independent * 'A haunting debut' * Publishers Weekly * 'A poignant and haunting tale that really resonates' * Evening Echo * This ultimately becomes a story of the importance of home, whatever its history, told in highly lyrical prose' * Image magazine * 'I found I could not put this book down' * Woman's Way * 'A beautifully atmospheric and poignant debut' * Bella magazine * 'What won me over was the touching depiction of the two children' * Woman & Home * 'Lane's prose is graceful, textured and her elegant style reflects the Campbells
glazed retrograde world

' * Irish Independent * 'An elegantly written story' * Irish Mail on Sunday * 'Johanna Lane writes in an easy melodic style and she shows a real talent for understanding the separate sorrows and secret dreams that simmer beneath the surface of even the closest families' * Daily Mail * 'Beautifully written debut' * Fabulous Magazine, Sun on Sunday *'

About the Author

Johanna Lane was born in Ireland and studied English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she was awarded the Hemingway Prize for her short fiction, and then attended Columbia`s Creative Writing MFA programme. Her first novel, BLACK LAKE, was short-listed for the University of East Anglia's Charles Pick Fellowship. She teaches composition and creative writing in New York.

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Publication date

12th February 2015


Johanna Lane

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Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


240 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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