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To Heaven by Water

by Justin Cartwright

To Heaven by Water Synopsis

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.

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.

To Heaven by Water Press 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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408801031
Publication date: 5th April 2010
Author: Justin Cartwright
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright's novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers and the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award. His previous novel, The Promise of Happiness, won the 2005 Hawthorden Prize. Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and lives in London.

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