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To Heaven by Water by Justin Cartwright
  

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. After the death of his wife, retired newscaster David Cross seems to be enjoying life more than he has done for a long time, which is disconcerting for his children, Ed and Lucy, who now have to contend with both their father’s increasingly odd behaviour and the loss of their mother. And they have their own issues to deal with. This is a witty and perceptive portrayal of a chaotic contemporary family by one of the most astute observers of life in modern Britain.
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Synopsis

To Heaven by Water by Justin Cartwright

David Cross is surrounded by secrets. When his wife Nancy was alive he kept secrets from her and now that she is dead, he must hide his new happiness from his children, Lucy and Ed. But they too have their troubles: Ed's marriage is in trouble, Lucy is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend, and both worry that their father will find a new partner. To Heaven by Water is a touching and hilarious portrait of a family trying to come to terms with loss in their own way.

Reviews

'Perceptive and frequently moving'
The Times

'A high-class piece of literary entertainment'
Spectator

'What distinguishes To Heaven by Water and turns it into a convincing take on the English (or rather London) early twenty-first century is the eye for detail and the sheer brio of the writing'
Independent

'Cartwright's books are literary icebergs with more concealed than shown, which keep on working long after the turn of the final page'
Daily Mail

About the Author

Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in America and at Oxford University. His novel LEADING THE CHEERS won the Whitbread Book Award for 1998. Justin Cartwright lives in north London with his wife and two sons.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2010

Author

Justin Cartwright

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408801031

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