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From the best-selling author of Last Orders and Mothering Sunday.

One summer morning in 1943, lock-keeper Henry Crick finds the drowned body of a 16-year-old boy. Nearly 40 years later, his son Tom, a history teacher, is driven by a bizarre marital crisis and the provocation of one of his students to forsake the formal teaching of history - and tell stories....

Waterland is a classic of modern fiction: a vision of England seen through its mysterious, amphibious Fen country - a sinuous meditation on the workings of time; a tale of two families, startling in its twists and turns and universal in its reach. Compulsively enjoyable, it is an audiobook of resonant depth and encyclopaedic richness, mixing human and natural history and exploring the tragic forces that take us both forwards and back. It is also an audiobook about beer, eels, the French Revolution, the end of the world, windmills, will-o’-the-wisps, murder, love, education, curiosity and - supremely - the malign and merciful element of water.

©1983 Graham Swift (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic Reviews

"A quite brilliant novel." (Daily Telegraph)

"Inspired." (New York Times)

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  • 03-17-22

fascinating and bizarre, unputdownable

Read it Now! it's in a class of its own. mysterious and thought provoking, a real escape.

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  • 02-16-22

Murky, nauseating and brilliant

Cleverly narrated by a history teacher about to leave his post, this novel is about generations of families intertwined in the fenlands of East Anglia and how the watery landscape forms the backdrop to the their lives, reclaiming the land and washing away their futile attempts to change it. A brilliant portrait of human fragility