The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

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What to expect

*WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2020*

*A New Statesman Book of the Year*

‘A mesmerising, mysterious book . . . Haunting. Worrying. Beautiful’ Russell T. Davis

‘Brilliantly unsettling’ Olivia Laing

‘A magificent book’ Neil Gaiman

‘An extraordinary experience’ William Gibson

Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020, this is fiction that pushes the boundaries of the novel form.

Shaw had a breakdown, but he’s getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor’s daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age thirteen.

It’s not ideal, but it’s a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn’t got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that, on dark nights by the river, seems less and less theoretical…

Meanwhile, Victoria is up in the Midlands, renovating her dead mother’s house, trying to make new friends. But what, exactly, happened to her mother? Why has the local waitress disappeared into a shallow pool in a field behind the house? And why is the town so obsessed with that old Victorian morality tale, The Water Babies?

As Shaw and Victoria struggle to maintain their relationship, the sunken lands are rising up again, unnoticed in the shadows around them.

Critics Review

  • Unsettling and insinuating, fabulously alert to the spaces between things, Harrison is without peer as a chronicler of the fraught, unsteady state we’re in.

    The Guardian
  • Like reading Thomas Pynchon underwater, this is a book of alienation, atmosphere, half glimpsed revelation – and some of the most beautiful writing you’ll ever encounter.

    Daily Mail
  • One of the strangest and most unsettling novels of the year

    The Herald
  • Harrison is a linguistic artist, constructing sentences that wrap and weave like a stream of consciousness without ever breaking focus…every sentence is a decadent bite of a new sensation

    Sci Fi Now
  • Uncanny and exquisite

    Morning Star
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again is a novel so good all the usual reviewerish superlatives barely seem superlative enough.

    Sibilant Fricative

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