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The Swimmers by Marian Womack
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Feb 23, 2021 | ISBN 9781789094213

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Praise for The Swimmers

“A meticulously detailed  novel set in a vivid, believable eco-dystopia… Womack draws in readers immediately with her dreamy depictions of the landscape and its dangers. At its heart, however, the novel is a probing examination of cultural and class differences. Readers will be captivated.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A richly imagined eco-gothic tale.” – The Guardian

“Exquisitely realised.” – The Times, 10 Best SF Books of 2021

For Annihilation fans, the prose is fluid & gorgeously intimate. The questions of our future—a sea of plastic/the intersection of class & climate change—are explored on a tender, personal scale. 
G.V. Anderson

Womack has an eye for both the beauty and the horror of the natural world. Like a strange fever dream, the world of The Swimmers is uncanny and unfamiliar, wonderfully compelling and utterly inescapable. One of my favourite books of the year. Helen Marshall

Jane Eyre meets Annihilation in this ingenious, bewitching novel. The prose is as lush and terrifying as the warped jungle Earth has become. This is speculative fiction at its best: thought-provoking, riveting, and gorgeously told. Jennie Melamed

Womack is an exciting and endlessly inventive writer. I look forward to reading everything she writes. Naomi Booth

Womack is a wonderful writer, and The Swimmers is a marvellous, heartbreaking exploration of the world we are busy creating, and the world we must then inhabit. Aliya Whiteley

Praise for The Golden Key

With hints of the brooding Gothic of Rawblood and Rebecca, this wonderfully creepy historical novel makes it absolutely clear that Marian Womack is a rising star. Tim Major

An intriguing and unsettling tale. . . Womack brings a great sense of the uncanny to the Fens. Alison Littlewood

The Golden Key mesmerizes… A beguiling mystery that lingers long after reading. Katherine Stansfield

A fey, unsettling vision of Norfolk, and London, that fans of The Essex Serpent will love… This book gives up its secrets like a puzzle box. G.V. Anderson

A fascinating, unsettling tale that shifts, mutates and changes meaning much like the eerie ruined house in the fens at the centre of this weird and brilliant debut novel. Lisa Tuttle

Praise for Lost Objects

 Intriguing and illuminating… chockfull of interesting ideas about the natural world and ourselves. Jeff VanderMeer

Marian Womack weaves together the lyricism of Angela Carter, the mad imagination of China Miéville, and the earthiness of Robert Macfarlane. Helen Marshall

Luminous and disturbing as the unearthly things they describe, Marian Womack’s gorgeously written tales map the shifting boundaries between waking life and dream, past and future and our own profoundly unsettled present. Reading them left me with goosebumps, and the craving for more stories by this supremely gifted new writer. Elizabeth Hand

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