Waterline

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Penguin Books, Limited, Jun 1, 2012 - Glasgow (Scotland) - 263 pages
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Mick Little used to build ships on the Clyde, bringing home a wage for his wife Cathy and their two sons. Thirty years later and the yards are long closed, his kids grown up and Cathy has just died. Mick, burdened by an unspoken guilt over her death, abandons Glasgow. In London - in the sweating kitchens of an anonymous hotel, in a crowded coach station, down by the river - it seems that a once proud man might be able to disappear from the world.

An extraordinary, tender portrayal of the life of an ordinary man,Waterlinestops us looking the other way and directs our gaze to a story that could so easily be anybody's.

'A work of grace, sparkling with its own humour. One of the most brilliant 'Scottish' novels of recent years.' Alan Warner, Guardian

'Grippingly done, harrowing. Raisin is a novelist of terrific ability and great verve.' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph

'Brilliant, heartbreaking. A great read . . . confirms Raisin as an exciting talent, a unique, gifted voice.' David Vann, Financial Times

'Truly absorbing, mesmerises from its very first pages. A spectacular follow-up to Raisin's prize-winning debut.' Time Out

'A poignant, shocking, wry, and cunningly crafted classic. If you're looking for the definitive novel for our times, this is the strongest candidate I've read for ages.' Scotsman

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"If you start taking down all the things in the place that are fingered with memories, then that's the whole house emptied.",, 3 April 2015 This review is from: Waterline (Kindle Edition) Utterly ... Read full review

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A working-class Glaswegian widower starts to drown under the weight of his own sorrow.In his second novel, Raisin (Out Backward, 2008) explores work, family and grief. While this book is a less showy ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Ross Raisin was born in Yorkshire in 1979, near Bradford and Ilkley. His first novel, God's Own Country, was published to great acclaim in 2008 and was shortlisted for nine awards including the Guardian First Book Award. In 2009 Ross was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His second novel, Waterline, was first published in 2011, was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and was described by Alan Warner in the Guardian as 'a work of grace: a human being rendered by a triumph of ventriloquism and empathy' and the author was described by Philip Hensher in the Telegraph as: 'a novelist of terrific ability and great verve'. Ross Raisin lives in London and is at work on his third novel.

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