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Diving Belles and Other Stories

(2012)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In the tradition of Angela Carter, this luminous, spellbinding debut reinvents the stuff of myth.

Straying husbands lured into the sea by mermaids can be fetched back, for a fee. Trees can make wishes come true. Houses creak and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A mother, who seems alone and lonely, may be rubbing sore muscles or holding the hands of her invisible lover as he touches her neck. Phantom hounds roam the moors and, on a windy beach, a boy and his grandmother beat back despair with an old white door.

In these stories, the line between the real and the imagined is blurred as Lucy Wood takes us to Cornwall's ancient coast, building on its rich storytelling history and recasting its myths in thoroughly contemporary ways. Calling forth the fantastic and fantastical, she mines these legends for that bit of magic remaining in all our lives - if only we can let ourselves see it.

    

"Fresh, distinctive voices are actually very rare." - Michel Faber


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Hardback Editions

January 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Diving Belles
Author(s): Lucy Wood
ISBN: 1-4088-1685-7 / 978-1-4088-1685-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Diving Belles
Author(s): Lucy Wood
ISBN: 1-4088-3043-4 / 978-1-4088-3043-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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August 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Diving Belles: And Other Stories
Author(s): Lucy Wood
ISBN: 0-547-59553-0 / 978-0-547-59553-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Diving Belles: And Other Stories
Author(s): Lucy Wood
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon