Saltwater: Winner of the Portico Prize

Saltwater: Winner of the Portico Prize

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 16/05/2019
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When Lucy wins a place at university, she thinks London will unlock her future. It is a city alive with pop up bars, cool girls and neon lights illuminating the Thames at night. At least this is what Lucy expects, having grown up seemingly a world away in working-class Sunderland, amid legendary family stories of Irish immigrants and boarding houses, now-defunct ice rinks and an engagement ring at a fish market.

Yet Lucy's transition to a new life is more overwhelming than she ever expected. As she works long shifts to make ends meet and navigates chaotic parties from East London warehouses to South Kensington mansions, she still feels like an outsider among her fellow students. When things come to a head at her graduation, Lucy takes off for Ireland, seeking solace in her late grandfather's cottage and the wild landscape that surrounds it, wondering if she can piece together who she really is.

Lyrical and boundary-breaking, Saltwater explores the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, the challenges of shifting class identity and the way that the strongest feelings of love can be the hardest to define.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473682771
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 410g
  • Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 30 mm

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Saltwater: Winner of the Portico Prize
Thank you to the publishers for this early copy, I admit at first I had looked at this book and thought why have I been sent this to review? Does this look... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Saltwater: Winner of the Portico Prize
Saltwater has an interesting circular narrative structure. Lucy comes from a not very happy family in Sunderland. Her father is an alcoholic, and she is in... READ MORE
Sam Williams
Saltwater: Winner of the Portico Prize
I loved this story. I may be biased being a working class girl from Sunderland and the emotions of growing up in a place that you love, but knowing there i... READ MORE
Saltwater: Winner of the Portico Prize
such a wonderful book
The book is eye-watering and fantastic. One of the best books I've had read and I hope more books will be published by the author.
Jack  Andrews