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Sarah Moss

Forfatter af Ghost Wall

16+ Værker 3,483 Medlemmer 236 Anmeldelser 14 Favorited

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Sarah Moss is a lecturer in English at the University of Kent.

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Værker af Sarah Moss

Ghost Wall (2018) 1,058 eksemplarer, 80 anmeldelser
Summerwater (2020) 511 eksemplarer, 42 anmeldelser
Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (2012) 306 eksemplarer, 18 anmeldelser
Cold Earth (2009) 297 eksemplarer, 24 anmeldelser
The Tidal Zone (2016) 295 eksemplarer, 12 anmeldelser
Night Waking (2011) 277 eksemplarer, 15 anmeldelser
The Fell (2021) 270 eksemplarer, 26 anmeldelser
Bodies of Light (2014) 204 eksemplarer, 11 anmeldelser
Signs for Lost Children (2015) 148 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Chocolate: A Global History (2009) 59 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Probabilistic Knowledge (2018) 14 eksemplarer
My Good Bright Wolf: A Memoir (2024) 6 eksemplarer
Homeless Bodies 1 eksemplar

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Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Warwickshire, England, UK
Dublin, Ireland
Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick
senior lecturer at the University of Kent from 2004 – 2009
Senior Lecturer in Literature and Place at Exeter University’s Cornwall Campus
University of Exeter
University of Reykjavik
University of Kent
University of Warwick
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Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of two novels; Cold Earth (Granta 2010), and Night Waking (Granta 2012), which was selected for the Fiction Uncovered Award in 2011, and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Reykjavik, and wrote an account of her time there in Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta 2012).



It is a very wet summer's day in Scotland, and holidaymakers in the run-down wooden cabins at the edge of the loch are making the best (or in most cases the worst) of the weather. Over the course of one very wet day (even by Scottish standards) we follow the inhabitants of each cabin. Justine lives to run, rain or no rain, something her husband Steve can never understand. Retired GP David copes with his wife Mary who is in the early stages of dementia, and she copes with him. Young couple Milly and Josh spend their mornings in bed as Milly tries to hide her boredom. Claire, in a cabin with her husband and two young children, wonders what happened to the woman she used to be, the one who wore smart clothes to work. The children and teenagers in the other cabins are so bored - endless rain and no Wi-Fi - not even phone reception without walking some way down the road. But one thing everyone agrees on is that the Romanians (or are they Ukrainians or Polish) in the next cabin play their music too loudly and too late. How can anyone get any sleep...

In between following the the holidaymakers' day, Sarah Moss we have very brief interludes about the life outside the cabins, which are very evocative:

The vixen threads the dusk, quick and low. The traces of small creatures have been washed away and there are no little birds on the wing. She snaffles a fat drowned slug, trots on. She knows a place for bacon rinds, stale baps, a chilly feast of fish skin and potato peel. As long as the cubs stay where she left them, as long as no hunting owl wings the night in her absence, as long as no late car strikes as she crosses the road, she will return and feed them again.

As readers of Sarah Moss might expect, this is not a cheerful read. I didn't think it was as good as the last one of hers that I read (Ghost Wall), but well worth a read nevertheless.
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SandDune | 41 andre anmeldelser | Jun 26, 2024 |
This is genuinely excellent.
Narrated by Adam Goldschmidt, a stay at home father and part time academic who is currently writing an interactive experience of Coventry Cathedral. The story starts with Miriam's beginning in the womb and carries on until we reach the day when she stops breathing and collapses at school. We travel with him to hospital and through Miriam's stay in hospital as they fail to get answers to what happened and if it might happen again. The impact of this on the family, overwork GP wife Emma and younger daughter Rose are played out over the next 9 months. The sense of doom that overhangs the family is heavy and appears to separate them from the rest of reality, as if viewed through a glass darkly. As a historian, Adam takes comfort in the fact that this has been a state of normality for most of history, it is only since the turn of the 20th century that we have had a decrease in childhood mortality to make child death seem unusual. Amidst the doom, life does go on, it has to. Adam & Emma learn to live with, or at least stifle, the fear that their child may die, while said child behaves like a really annoying teenager (as all teenager are).
Through this Adam writes of the destruction and resurrection of Coventry Cathedral. The phases of this mirror the phases of Miriam's case, with the rebuilding standing as metaphor for the rebuilding of family life. The ending is not despairing, there is a hope for a life beyond the present, even if it retains the uncertainty that the future always holds.
I listened to this and the narrator did an excellent job with the text.
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Helenliz | 11 andre anmeldelser | May 23, 2024 |
An abusive husband/father takes his family along with a college class of archaeology students on a summer reenactment trip, during which they will all live as closely to the way the ancient peoples of northern Britain lived. The professor leading the class slowly gets sucked into the father’s obsession with recreating a human sacrifice ritual, and the narrator – a teen girl and the daughter of the family man – is at the heart of the reenactment.
This one’s short but also sort of a slow burn. The tension is built up really nicely, and although I’m not sure I’d really call this a full-on horror novel, it’s definitely got a good creep factor to it.… (mere)
electrascaife | 79 andre anmeldelser | Apr 28, 2024 |
Summerwater tells the story of a group of families spending their holidays in a cabin park by a Scottish loch.
Each chapter is written from the point of view of one individual from each cabin, except for one (there is a big reason for that).

There is almost no interaction between these people outside their cabins and the holidays are seemingly ruined by the constant rain. The gloomy mood is echoed by the characters who reflect on their lives in a stream-of-consciousness style, often with a dark sense of humour or very intimate, lyrical observations.
Each chapter gives us a piece of the puzzle before the main event takes place.
Some chapters are interludes about the natural world. These were beautiful.

“The woods expand, settle down for the night, offer a little more shelter to those that need it. Trees sleep, more or less. Maybe some nights they dream and wake, check the darkness, sleep again till dawn.”

Along the way, we catch little details, hints at Brexit, the climate crisis, the future full of uncertainty.

Summerwater reflects the spirit of times similar to the way Ali Smith does it in her Seasonal series. Obviously, their style is very different, but I love them both for their ability to gently move our focus from the big things we can't control to the compassion and love for those perceived as "the other" that we most certainly can.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 41 andre anmeldelser | Mar 4, 2024 |



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