Bereavement forms the bedrock of a cyclical tale on the margins

Waterline By Ross Raisin Penguin Viking, €14

23rd July, 2011

Waterline By Ross Raisin Penguin Viking, €14

Ross Raisin’s darkly comic debut, God’s Own Country, introduced one of the most unforgettable characters in recent fiction. Sam Marsdyke was an outsider, a rural Travis Bickle who wandered the countryside of his native Yorkshire, eventually retreating into his own head. In his latest novel, Waterline, Raisin moves away from this kind of fiction geographically and demographically, but familiar themes of disconnection and emotional chaos still resonate....

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