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Dark Water

(2018)
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Boston, 1833.

Aboard the USS Orbis as it embarks from Boston and surges south to round Cape Horn, Hiram Carver takes up his first position as ship's doctor. Callow and anxious among the seasoned sailors, he struggles in this brutal floating world until he meets William Borden.

Borden. The Hero of the Providence. A legend among sailors, his presence hypnotises Carver, even before he hears the man's story. Years before, Borden saved several men from mutiny and led them in a dinghy across the Pacific to safety.

Every ship faces terror from the deep. What happens on the Orbis binds Carver and Borden together forever. When Carver recovers, and takes up a role at Boston's Asylum for the Insane, he will meet Borden again - broken, starving, overwhelmed by the madness that has shadowed him ever since he sailed on the Providence.

Carver devotes himself to Borden's cure, sure it depends on drawing out the truth about that terrible voyage. But though he raises up monsters, they will not rest. So Carver must return once more to the edge of the sea and confront the man - and the myth - that lie in dark water.

Elizabeth Lowry's Gothic masterpiece, like Golden Hill and The Essex Serpent, gives the historical novel a new, beating heart. In Carver and Borden, she realises the dichotomy of savagery and reason, of man and monster, of life and sacrifice, in a tale rich with adventure and glorious imagination.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"In Dark Water, Lowry questions the truth of reality and the reality of truth, merging melodrama with psychodrama, gothic horror with psychology. Mesmerizing." - Judith Flanders

"Remarkable, powerful, at once realist and heightened, gothic, mythic, with sudden flashes of humour. It is a page-turner, a powerful re-invigoration of the historical novel, weighted with multiple resonances of Moby Dick, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Ancient Mariner." - Andrew Greig

"A sparkling, accomplished novel, written with finesse, each paragraph glowing with wit and the whole book alight with mischief." - Hilary Mantel


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September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dark Water
Author(s): Elizabeth Lowry
ISBN: 1-78648-562-1 / 978-1-78648-562-5 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 1-78648-563-X / 978-1-78648-563-2 (UK edition)
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dark Water
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September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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