The Silver Dark Sea, Paperback Book
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This powerful novel from the award-winning author of Richard and Judy pick `Eve Green' is a tale of love and the lore of the sea.The islanders of Parla are still mourning the loss of one of their own.

Four years since that loss, and a man - un-named, unclothed - is washed onto their shores.

Some say he is a mythical man from the sea - potent, kind and beautiful; others suspect him.

For the bereft Maggie, this stranger brings love back to the isle.

But as the days pass he changes every one of them - and the time comes for his story to be told...Tender, lyrical and redemptive, `The Silver Dark Sea' is the dazzling new novel from the author of `Eve Green' (winner of Whitbred First Novel award).

It is a story about what life can give and take from us, when we least expect it - and how love, in all its forms, is the greatest gift of all.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • ISBN: 9780007321636

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This is extremely poetical indeed - to the point that the story and any deep engagement with character is sadly lost. It's also very difficult - and sometimes dull - to read, and needed a great deal of editing and slimming down, which would have helped to increase the power.That's not to say it's not beautifully written - as it absolutely and most definitely is. But it's so beautifully written that anything else is very hard to dig out, I'm sorry to say. It also - as I've said above - tends to dullness and so I was skimming for 60% of the time.There are however some very beautiful (there's that word again!) and also poignant vignettes, but the story itself is of course very cliched and sometimes basic. In many ways, it's like an opera - the music is amazing, but please don't concern yourself with the plot, my dears, as it's ultimately laughable. Oh well. I just wanted the characters to stop emoting and declaiming all over the place and just show a little backbone and get on with their lives. Perhaps it's a lesson to us all not to live on an island. Still, I have to say it - the poetry is beautiful.

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