‘Kathryn Williams’ haunting first novel blends memory and island landscape, community, family and dark secrets, to explore how we emerge from the maze of childhood and adolescence into ourselves, able to name the shadows. A darkly brilliant debut which stays in the mind’ – Carol Ann Duffy
‘I danced in my head reading this book, beautiful language from a poetic heart and soul. Every line is gold, spun in poetry and feeling, every page poignant and tender and true. I love the musicality in this, the story telling is sublime and captivating, it is a delight to all the senses’ – Salena Godden
The Ormering Tide is a coming of age story set amidst a series of darkly foreboding events. Rozel lives with her triplet older brothers and her parents in the bay of a small island. One of her brothers goes missing and the family’s landlord, Mr Willow, is implicated as the menacing truths are discovered. The island is rich with nature; and the islanders lives and the steady passing of the seasons contrast sharply with the realities of violence and inevitable revelations.
The Ormering Tide explores the inherent human need to keep and bury secrets. Kathryn Williams‘ first novel, The Ormering Tide, is about processing the past, after the fact. This is a brooding and astonishing debut from the Mercury Music Prize nominated singer-songwriter. The Ormering Tide shines as brightly as the beautiful shell from which this novel draws its title and is as impressive and adventurous as the authors music.