In Anne Charnock’s Bridge 108 (47North, RRP£19.99), 12-year-old Caleb embarks on a perilous migration from drought-ridden Spain to the UK. Once on British shores, he spends the next few years labouring in the shadow economy to avoid the attention of the authorities, working at a market stall, a vineyard and a fishery. There’s no shortage of adults willing to exploit him and abuse his trust. The novel’s near-future setting feels grimy, sweltering and lived-in. Environmental collapse has brought out the worst in everyone, and instances of kindness are few and far between.
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
"At the heart of this latest novel from Booker winner Richard Flanagan there is a powerful tale of a family trying to decide whether to prolong the life of a dying relative, but some of the more fantastical elements seem out of kilter..."
— The Scotsman
3.57 out of 5