A Town by the Sea
By (author) Chris Paling
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Town by the Sea by Chris Paling
Book DescriptionWhen I awoke the tongue of the tide was lapping at my feet and the sea had claimed my belongings. The sand on which I lay was so stiff there was no trace of my footprints across it. An observer viewing me from above might have imagined I had been washed upon the shore from a shipwreck. Another would perhaps have construed that I had been cast away by choice. If I had encountered my inert body I would have made the former assumption although the latter is much closer to the truth...' With these words, the narrator of A Town by the Sea sets off towards a coastal town which lies some distance to the east of him. But he also embarks on a journey into his past. Along the way he encounters ghosts, he climbs a tall tower and is marooned in the clouds, he meets a ruffian and a dandy, he is attacked and tied to a cart, and, in the garden of a derelict house, he glimpses a scene from his childhood. Slowly, the mystery of how he arrived on the shoreline is solved, but is this the end of his journey, or just another stop along the way?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099477662
(197mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chris Paling
Reading Allowed, Hardback (February 2017)
Chris Paling's Reading Allowed is a wonderful, warm-hearted and eccentric look at the life of a librarian in a provincial library, and the extraordinary cast of characters he encounters every day.
Nimrod's Shadow, Paperback (April 2011)
A compelling, nimbly-plotted historical tale from one of Britain's most versatile novelists, featuring a murdered art critic, an imprisoned painter, and a detective trail that is picked up by accident nearly a century later -
Minding, Paperback (May 2007)
A story of a mother and her son - kept apart by mental illness, brought back together by love. This work is suitable for readers of Zoe Heller, Esther Freud, Helen Simpson, Gill Hornby, Lionel Shriver, Shena Mackay, Lavinia Greenlaw, Andrea Ashworth, and Julia Darling.
Repentant Morning, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Chris Paling
Beginning in the morally ambivalent London of the 1930s this novel contrasts the sordid ennui of the lives of a bunch of young Londoners playing on the fringes of fascism with the struggle between left and right that was taking place in Republican Spain.
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Author Biography - Chris Paling
Chris Paling is the author of several novels: After the Raid, Deserters, Morning All Day, The Silent Sentry, Newton's Swing, Minding , Nimrod's Shadow and Repentant Morning. He is currently a producer for BBC Radio 4 and lives in Brighton with his wife and two children.
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