Diving Belles

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Mar 1, 2013 - Cornwall (England : County) - 223 pages
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Along Cornwall's ancient coast, the flotsam and jetsam of the past becomes caught in the cross-currents of the present and, from time to time, a certain kind of magic floats to the surface. Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Magpies whisper to lonely drivers late at night. Trees can make wishes come true provided you know how to wish properly first. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. On a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, Cornish folklore slips into everyday life. Hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wrecker's lamps, standing stones and baying hounds, and relationships wax and wane in the glow of a moonlit sea. This luminous, startling and utterly spellbinding debut collection introduces Lucy Wood as a spectacular new voice in contemporary British fiction.

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

More a collection of vignettes than short stories, an enthralling blend of realism and surrealism, moving easily and seamlessly from one to the other. The author has evoked Cornwall and her folklore ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaylaraeintheway - LibraryThing

What a lovely collection of short stories! Wood takes old myths and legends from Cornwall and places them in more modern settings. The way she describes the landscape of Cornwall - the sea, the moors ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Lucy Wood has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Exeter University. She grew up in Cornwall. Diving Belles is her first work.

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