The Water Garden

Beside a lake near her home, mother of two Sarah comes across a bench dedicated to a boy who has died in mysterious circumstances. There she meets Finn, a troubled teenager playing truant from school.

As Sarah pieces the mystery together, an uncomfortable attraction between her and Finn builds, climaxing over one hot summer, threatening to destroy everything. Woven into Sarah’s story are the voices of other women, Maggie the RAF nurse and Flavia the Italian girl, and a family’s secret held tight for generations.

About the author

Louise Soraya Black has a British mother and Iranian father.  She worked as a lawyer in London before publishing her debut novel, Pomegranate Sky, which won the inaugural Virginia Prize in 2009.  She lives with her family in Surrey.

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Why We Like It

  • ‘It’s really very attractive, beautifully written and very English in its landscape-love, family-love and garden-love.’ - Fay Weldon
  • ‘Creating subtle drama and menace, sensuality and enchantment out of the ordinary and domestic.’ - Patricia Wastvedt
  • ‘I was struck by the remarkably evocative atmosphere… An atmosphere of intense yearning and guilty longings infused with a multi-layered past, that makes for a deeply seductive read’ - Ella Berthould

Louise Soraya Black has a British mother and Iranian father.  She worked as a lawyer in London before publishing her debut novel, Pomegranate Sky, which won the inaugural Virginia Prize in 2009.  She lives with her family in Surrey. Photo: @AbiCampbell


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The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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