This wonderful, twisted gothic novel won the Times/Chicken House children’s fiction prize in 2018; happily, I was one of the judges. It stood out then for its evocation of a weird and wonderful world with compulsive characters and a cracking mystery at its core. Since I read that early manuscript Trudi Tweedie, a former beer researcher who lives in Aberdeenshire, has polished her dark, deep story until it shines as brightly as Iseabail’s pearl.
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