I’m delighted to be included in the blog tour for Stephanie Butland’s Surrounded By Water, published in hardback by Bantam Press on 10 April, and also available for Kindle. I’m also thrilled to be able to offer a signed copy to one lucky follower, as I’d like as many people as possible to read this wonderful book – thank you to Patsy Irwin and team at Transworld.
This is such a beautifully written book – a wonderful evocation of grief, love and loss. Elizabeth and Mike were an unlikely partnership when they first met – he was a rather gauche British tourist in Australia, she was the receptionist at the hotel where he stayed who enjoyed his company. Mike is a policeman in a small community where everyone knows and respects him, and Elizabeth moves across the world to be with him. Other than their failure to have a child, the marriage is a perfect one – until, one night, while taking the dog for a walk, Mike drowns while trying to save a teenage girl from the icy waters of a lake.
Elizabeth is totally overcome by grief and friends and family rally round. Her sister Mel – straight talking, and the source of the book’s lighter moments – travels over from Australia to support her. Mike’s friends and his mother are there too – but Elizabeth is untouchable in her desperate need to understand what happened. She writes to Mike throughout her grief – wonderful letters, full of love and emotion, that had me in tears more than once. As the secrets begin to emerge, we feel every turn of the knife with her.
Just four entries and some retweets?! Draw done, and the winner of the signed copy is Beady Janet – congratulations Janet, I’ll pass on your details to the publisher and your signed copy will arrive direct.
Stephanie Butland is a professional trainer specialising in creativity and thinking skills. She also uses her unique skills and first-hand experience to support people with cancer. She helps to raise awareness and funds for many charities, and has written two books about her life with the illness. She lives in Northumberland with her husband and two children. For more information on Stephanie and her wonderful novel, have a look at her website: she is also on Twitter at @under_blue_sky.