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Sharp, searching, thoroughly imagined, utterly of the moment . . . it throws much contemporary writing into the shade' Hilary Mantel

From the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided times.

On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.

A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.

‘Nothing escapes her sly humour and brilliant touch. Deft and brimming with life, Summerwater is a novel of endless depth. A masterpiece.’
Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529035452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 25/08/2020
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 160
  • Price: $32.99

Sharp, searching, thoroughly imagined, utterly of the moment . . . it throws much contemporary writing into the shade' Hilary Mantel

From the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided times.

On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.

A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.

‘Nothing escapes her sly humour and brilliant touch. Deft and brimming with life, Summerwater is a novel of endless depth. A masterpiece.’
Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

Author Information

Sarah Moss is the author of seven novels and a memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea. Her most recent novel Ghost Wall was longlisted for the Women's Prize in 2019. Sarah was born in Glasgow and grew up in the north of England. After moving between Oxford, Canterbury, Reykjavik, West Cornwall and the Midlands, she now lives in Dublin where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at UCD.

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9 September 2022

As readers, we all have that one book that has shaped us. It's the well-thumbed favourite that is never too far from our bedside table, the life raft in a troubling time or the story that completely changed the course of our life. In this uplifting panel, some of our most voracious lovers of words share the books they hold closest to their hearts. Yangkaal poet and artist Maya Hodge, acclaimed poet Sarah Holland-Batt (The Jaguar), bestselling author Chloe Hooper (Bedtime Story), lauded English author Sarah Moss (The Fell) and Fulbright scholar and leading refugee advocate Abbas Nazari (After the Tampa) are joined in conversation by Kate Evans (The Bookshelf).

12:00 PM

The Wheeler Centre
The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne VIC 3000 Website



10 September 2022

The author of Ghost Wall and Summerwater, Sarah Moss has commanded recognition as one of Britain's leading novelists. Her newest page-turner, The Fell, is a scalpel-sharp and darkly funny story for our times, asking probing questions about what the world has become since the pandemic struck and what it was before. Appearing live in person, Moss talks with Kate Evans about her suspenseful tale of mutual responsibility, personal freedom and the ways in which these past few years have exposed the fault lines of a fraught social contract.

4:30 PM

State Library of Victoria
State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000 Website



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