New paperback. No remainder mark. Pages edges yellowed. ; 1.1 x 7.72 x
4.96 Inches; 384 pages; A stunningly atmospheric and powerful new novel
set in 1946 on the east coast of England.
Late summer 1946: the
Wash on the fenland coast. Into a suspicious and isolated community comes
James Mercer, until recently a captain in the Engineers, now employed in
the demolition of redundant gun platforms. A relationship grows between
Mercer and the wife of a soldier who is expected home very soon, and whose
arrival is awaited with anxiety. Mercer also befriends Mathias, a German
prisoner of war engaged in similar work who has no wish to be repatriated;
and Jacob, a Jew and camp survivor. Mercer soon learns there is a bond
between the German and the Jew, and is drawn further into their history as
the ex-soldier finally returns and begins to re-establish his overbearing
authority. In a place where nothing has changed for decades, the agents of
destruction and renewal are at work. As the summer dies, animosities
flare, prejudices and enmities are burnished and the six main characters
circle each other like the combatants they believe themselves to
In his powerful new novel, Edric captures with breathtaking
economy the sense of portent and uncertainty shared by a community in the
aftermath of conflict -- a community for which peacetime is hardly any
different from wartime.
From the Hardcover edition.