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Across The Silent Sea


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Orkney - At the edge of darkness and light.

By Gabrielle Barnby.


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'I wasn't all in one piece last Autumn. My jaw was broken and my teeth were knocked loose like peppermints. Thy rested on my tongue in a liquid of iron and salt.'

Esther's dreams of a glamorous life in London are shattered when she has a serious accident which leaves her with life-changing injuries.

Living in her childhood home in Orkney, she retreats into a silent world until Marcus, a musician down on his luck, comes to stay on the island and reaches out to her through music.

Described in rich, subtle detail - town, land and sea - in sharply observed and lyrical excitement, Esther's inner voice - tough, desperate, cutting, hilariously sarcastic, witheringly dry, suddenly tender - explores what it means to have one's dreams shattered.

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