Cryers Hill, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


In July 1934, Walter Brown went alone to the woodland pond.

He saw his girl swimming there. He watched her floating and saw how white her skin was in the green water, her belly, her breasts, her pond-tangled hair.

Then she turned over like an otter and dived down. She did not come up again. In July 1969, Sean Matthews finds himself in the very same woodland, where he witnesses an event he later cannot bear to remember.

Two boys, growing up in the same village thirty-five years apart, have each seen something they shouldn't.

Hailed by Salman Rushie on the publication of her first novel, Pop, Cryers Hill confirms Kitty Aldridge as a writer of immense talent, possessing the rare gift of enabling us to see the world anew.


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This is similar to a couple of others I've read. Like Inversions by Iain M Banks it has two storylines, but unlike that book they are more linked and it has a satisfying ending. Like The World According to Bertie the blurb mentions a plot point which isn't key, but is picked out because it stands out more than others in a rambling storyline. It's set in a village near where I live, which makes it more interesting. Kitty Aldridge has managed to capture a good sense of place and time as well as the lives of children. I enjoyed it.