Released on 26 January 2012.

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Waterland

3.92 based on 5250 ratings & 329 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

‘Perfectly controlled, superbly written. Waterland is original, compelling and narration of the highest order’ Guardian

In the years since its first publication, in 1983, Waterland has established itself as one of the classics of twentieth-century British literature: a visionary tale of England’s Fen country; a sinuous meditation on the workings of history; and a family story startling in its detail and universal in its reach.

This edition includes an introduction, by the author, written to celebrate the book’s 25th anniversary.

‘Graham Swift has mapped his Waterland like a new Wessex. He appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors. This is a beautiful, serious and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original’ Observer

‘A 300-page tour de force . . . A burst of exuberant fictive energy’ Evening Standard

Waterland is a formidably intelligent book, animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need. The most powerful novel I have read for some time’ New York Review of Books

In the media

A quite brilliant novel
Daily Telegraph
Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving . . . Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity . . . A fine and original work
Los Angeles Times
Graham Swift has mapped his Waterland like a new Wessex. He appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors. This is a beautiful, serious and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original
Observer