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Book Title: Haweswater|
The author of the book: Sarah Hall
ISBN 13: 9780571209309
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 390 KB
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: June 1st 2003
Reader ratings: 8.8
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This is the third book I have read by Sarah Hall, and I have to say she is an amazingly gifted writer. I loved The Electric Michelangelo and approached Haweswater with eager anticipation. It did not disappoint.
Haweswater tells the story of the quaint English farming village of Marsdale which in 1936 is due to be flooded through the creation of the Haweswater dam and reservoir, to be sacrificed for the greater good. Jack Ligget is a Waterworks representative who arrives to apprise the village residents of the plan, an objective outsider who finds the village and its people having an unexpected and transformative effect on him.
This is also the story of the Lightburn family; father Samuel, mother Ella, young son Isaac, forever drawn to the water, and daughter Janet, a passionate and strong-willed young woman who faces Jack Ligget head-on.
This book is ultimately about transformation in its various forms and lays bare the human experience without reservation. Love and hatred, lust and anger, grief and redemption are offered up for the reader to take into themselves, to feel and absorb. Through vivid and beautiful language this author creates settings and characters which draw the reader in as one of them. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.
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Sarah Hall took a degree in English and Art History at Aberystwyth University, and began to take writing seriously from the age of twenty, first as a poet, several of her poems appearing in poetry magazines, then as a fiction-writer. She took an M Litt in Creative Writing at St Andrew's University and stayed on for a year afterwards to teach on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme.
Her first novel, Haweswater, was published in 2002. It is set in the 1930s, focuses on one family - the Lightburns - and is a rural tragedy about the disintegration of a community of Cumbrian hill-framers, due to the building of a reservoir. It won several awards, including the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book).
Sarah Hall currently lives in North Carolina. Her second book, The Electric Michelangelo (2004), set in the turn-of-the-century seaside resorts of Morecambe Bay and Coney Island, was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book).
The Carhullan Army (2007), won the 2007 John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the 2008 Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction.
Her latest novel is How to Paint a Dead Man (2009).
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