The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

by M. John Harrison
Release date: June 25, 2020
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Shaw had a breakdown a while ago, but he's getting himself back together now. He has a small room in a dilapidated shared house in South London, a mother at the end of dementia, and a new job selling strange bottles of murky water from a houseboat on the Thames for a mysterious man with unusual interests. A man who runs a website called THE WATER HOUSE, and who seems to think that something strange is happening to the water of London, and to the human race.

Victoria and Shaw were in a relationship, for a while, but now she's left London and moved into the old Shropshire home of her recently deceased mother. As she revises her life to fit in with this new way of living, she begins to make friends, renovate the house, and learn about the last years of her mother's life. But not everyone she meets is normal, and she begins to catch glimpses of watery, otherworldy, oddly green children. Why has the local waitress disappeared into a shallow pool in the field behind Victoria's house? And why is everyone in the town so obsessed with that old Victorian morality novel, THE WATER BABIES?

As Shaw and Victoria's lives come back together, they will discover the truth behind the mysterious creatures both have seen, but which no one else will believe in...

updated 2020-06-25

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