NEW NOVEL: THE SUNKEN LAND BEGINS TO RISE AGAIN
“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.” –Olivia Laing
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 fourteen.
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’s 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, The Water Babies?
As Shaw and Victoria struggle to maintain their relationship, and their denial of the mysterious new forces at work in the shadows around them, the sunken lands are rising up again.
“uncanny and exquisite” –Morning Star
“beneath this veneer of normality lurks one of the strangest and most unsettling novels of the year … If fiction’s greatest achievement is in affecting the way the reader sees the world, then Harrison’s spare and beautiful prose has conjured up here a feeling of almost permanent dislocation from the routines of everyday life. Even when the book has been closed, it’s a feeling that is incredibly hard to shake off.” —Richard Strachan, The Herald
“Harrison is a law unto himself, and The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again is a novel so good all the usual reviewerish superlatives barely seem superlative enough.” –Adam Roberts
Available in hardback, trade paperback & ebook, from June 25th 2020. Pre-order at your trusted outlets. Public appearances are cancelled or postponed for the obvious reason; charmingly chaotic e-events–online interviews, twitter chats & Zoom apearances–may or may not take their place. A magnificent early review from Olivia Laing in the Guardian, here. Interviews completed for the Bookseller, with Caroline Carpenter (£), in which I talk about the confidence of late style & contend, “Boundaries can be fluid, to everyone’s advantage”; and Black Static with Andrew Hedgecock. Look out for details on everything else, here on the blog; on Twitter @mjohnharrison; or by checking in at #TheSunkenLandBeginsToRiseAgain hashtag.
“Simply one of the best writers of fiction currently at work in English.” –Robert Macfarlane.