Book of the month for September


September’s Book of the Month is Summerwater by Sarah Moss. 


About the book

From the acclaimed author of Ghost Wall, Summerwater is a devastating story told over twenty-four hours in the Scottish Highlands, and a searing exploration of our capacity for both kinship and cruelty in these divided times.

On the longest day of the summer, twelve people sit cooped up with their families in a faded Scottish cabin park. The endless rain leaves them with little to do but watch the other residents.

A woman goes running up the Ben as if fleeing; a retired couple reminisce about neighbours long since moved on; a teenage boy braves the dark waters of the loch in his red kayak. Each person is wrapped in their own cares but increasingly alert to the makeshift community around them. One particular family, a mother and daughter without the right clothes or the right manners, starts to draw the attention of the others. Tensions rise and all watch on, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead as night finally falls.


Read the book



"Moss is a writer who can say more than most others in half the space. Her latest, a haunting story of alienation set on a Scottish campsite, is the summer's most interesting read" - Independent

"Suffused with fascination... this latest display of Moss's imaginative versatility shines with intelligence" - The Times

"One of the finest contemporary writers working in Britain today" - Stylist

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