Diving Belles

Diving Belles

Book - 2012
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Along Cornwall's ancient coast, the flotsam and jetsam of the past becomes caught in the cross-currents of the present and, from time to time, a certain kind of magic can float to the surface...Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Magpies whisper to lonely drivers late at night. Trees can make wishes come true - provided you know how to wish properly first. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A teenager's growing pains are sometimes even bigger than him. And, on a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, Cornish folklore slips into everyday life. Hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wrecker's lamps, standing stones and baying hounds, and relationships wax and wane in the glow of a moonlit sea.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2012.
ISBN: 9781408816851
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 23cm.


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Sophie_Library May 13, 2017

Beautifully written, these stories intertwine strange magic with moments of emotional growth and difficult times in life. The book is artfully composed in the way the stories build to a revelatory high point in the final story. Lucy Wood has real skill; you might even hear the crashing waves as you read.

May 09, 2017

I really enjoyed reading these twelve inventive stories. In each there is some element of Cornish folklore or magic - a talking magpie, a teenage giant's growing pains and so on. Although there is this one such aspect to each of the stories, in all other respects they describe the ordinary lives of people.

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