To celebrate the publication of THE BAY, Julia Rampen’s Bath Novel Award shortlisted debut, we have a copy to give away by prize draw. Prize draw terms can be found here and to enter simply send us your name and email address below by the close of 31st August 2023.
THE BAY by Julia Rampen (Saraband, August 2023)
‘Careful and compassionate … subtle, human and meaningful, but also full of humour, and precise and beautiful description.’– Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth Is Missing
In an old-fashioned fishing community on Morecambe Bay, change is imperceptibly slow. Treacherous tides sweep the quicksands, claiming everything in their path.
As a boy, Arthur had followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footprints, learning to read the currents and shifting sands. Now retired and widowed, though, he feels invisible, redundant. His daughter wants him in a retirement home. No one listens to his rants about the newcomers striking out nightly onto the bay for cockles, seemingly oblivious to the danger.
When Arthur’s path crosses Suling’s, both are running out of options. Barely yet an adult, Suling’s hopes for a better life have given way to fear: she’s without papers or money, speaks no English, and chased by ruthless debt collectors. Her only next step is to trust the old man.
Combining warmth and suspense and recalling a true incident, The Bay tells a tender story about loneliness, confronting prejudice, and the comfort of friendship, however unlikely-as well as exposing one of the most pressing social ills of our age.