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The Drowning People

(1999)
A novel by

 
 
So begins The Drowning People, an extraordinary debut novel by a twenty-year-old Oxford student.

When he first lays eyes on her sitting by the Thames, James Farrell, an aspiring violinist, falls instantly in love with Ella Harewood, a young and beautiful society girl engaged to a Cambridge don. Defying the strict social standards of upper-class England, the two carry on a passionate affair, believing that the burning power of their love will justify all their actions, guarantee them a life of happiness, and keep them on top of the world.

But the heady rush of first love threatens to ruin their lives forever. In the ultimate test of loyalty, Ella forces James to violently betray his best friend, and, in doing so, sets off a chain of events that will lead to murder and bitter revenge.

Written with wisdom beyond the author's years, The Drowning People is both a trenchant portrayal of the British upper class and a passionate story about the limits of friendship, the legacy of family, and the volatile power of first love.



Praise for this book

"Beautifully written and ambitious too." - Nicholas Coleridge


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Hardback Editions

May 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The drowning people
Author(s): Richard MASON
ISBN: 0-385-25830-5 / 978-0-385-25830-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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May 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-446-52524-3 / 978-0-446-52524-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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April 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Drowning People Poster
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-14-902228-X / 978-0-14-902228-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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March 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-7181-4365-5 / 978-0-7181-4365-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-7538-2841-3 / 978-0-7538-2841-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-446-58286-7 / 978-0-446-58286-5 (USA edition)
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March 2000 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-7704-2851-7 / 978-0-7704-2851-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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March 2000 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-446-60800-9 / 978-0-446-60800-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner Vision Books
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-14-029211-X / 978-0-14-029211-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-14-029381-7 / 978-0-14-029381-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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December 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-14-027894-X / 978-0-14-027894-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-7181-4403-1 / 978-0-7181-4403-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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Audio Editions

December 1999 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Drowning People: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 0-7540-0413-9 / 978-0-7540-0413-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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February 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Mason Richard
ISBN: 0-14-180125-5 / 978-0-14-180125-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
ISBN: 1-57042-691-0 / 978-1-57042-691-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner Adult
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Drowning People
Author(s): Richard Mason
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK