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'The Handmaid's Tale meets The Shape of Water' KIRSTY LOGAN

'Raw and beautiful' CAROLINE LEA

'Mesmerising and moving' SUSANNAH WISE

'An astonishing literary achievement' LAURA PRICE

'I was hooked' NATASHA BROWN

Everyone on this island has a story. This is mine.

Esta has known nothing but Eden's Isle her whole life. After a fire left her orphaned and badly scarred, Esta was raised by her grandmother in a deeply religious society who cut itself off from the mainland in the name of salvation. Here, fear rules: fear of damnation, fear of the outside world and fear of what lurks beneath the water - a corrupting evil the islanders call the Seawomen.

But Esta wants more than a life where touching the water risks corruption, where her every move is watched and women are controlled in every aspect of their lives. Married off, the women of the island must conceive a child within their appointed motheryear or be marked as cursed and cast into the sea as a sacrifice in an act called the Untethering.

When Esta witnesses a woman Untethered she sees a future to fear. Her fate awaits, a loveless marriage, her motheryear declared. And after a brief taste of freedom, the insular world Esta knows begins to unravel...

The Seawomen is a fiercely written and timely feminist novel, at once gothic, fantastical and truly unforgettable.


***** 'Read this in one day as it captured me completely. A terrific debut'

***** 'Dystopian literary fiction at its finest'

***** 'A beautifully wild and invigorating voyage of a book - loved it!'

***** 'I knew I'd have to finish it as soon as possible the same day'

***** 'An absolute must read'


'An unsettling and lushly-written reimagining of witch trials. The Handmaid's Tale meets The Shape of Water' KIRSTY LOGAN

'Richly atmospheric, powerful and provocative. A raw and beautiful coming of age story' CAROLINE LEA

'The Seawomen immerses you in its watery world' SOPHIE WARD

'Dive in and don't look back' ZOE GILBERT

'I was hooked' NATASHA BROWN

'The Seawomen is a captivating and sometimes terrifying debut that will sweep you out to sea' JEN CAMPBELL

'Mesmerising and moving, I couldn't put it down' SUSANNAH WISE

'Beautifully written, unsettling as a storm over the ocean' LOUISE MORRISH

'An astonishing literary achievement. Chloe Timms is an extraordinary new talent' LAURA PRICE

'Fiercely feminist and utterly unique' NATASHA NGAN

'An allegorical love story with echoes of fairytales and told with a visceral brutality' KATE SAWYER

'A provocative, imaginative and beautifully written work of art' BECCA DAY

Fiction & PoetryFantasyFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesFeminism & feminist theory Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 14/06/2022 ISBN-13: 9781529369564  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Chloe Timms is a writer from the Kent coast. After a career in teaching, Chloe studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Kent and won a scholarship for the Faber Academy where she completed their six-month novel writing course. Chloe is passionate about disability rights, having been diagnosed with the condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy at 18 months old, and has campaigned on a number of crucial issues. The Seawomen is her first novel.

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Customer Reviews

The Seawomen is a perfect combination of beautiful words and compelling storytelling. It blends a strange and seemingly backwards world seamlessly with modern concerns. In that way, it's magical realism that requires surprisingly little suspension of disbelief, as the world is consistent and well-drawn despite all its strangeness. What is this book about? The synopsis covers it well, but I'll say it's a book about the sea, about when surviving is no longer enough, about forbidden love. And it's a book about Esta. I wished above all for her freedom, in every sense of the word. I closed the book with a longing sigh. Read it to enter a world and to leave a piece of yourself there, with her.

- 16/06/2022
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