The Drowning

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Spanning seventy years, set in England and in Nigeria during the Biafran crisis, the latest novel from this award-winning author is a sweeping, compulsive story about conscience and selfishness and the far-reaching damage that cruelty can do. More

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About Richard Herley

I was born in England in 1950 and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and Sussex University, where my interest in natural history led me to read biology.

My first successful novel was "The Stone Arrow", which was published to critical acclaim in 1978. It subsequently won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London, and was the first in a trilogy. This was followed by "The Penal Colony" (1987), a futuristic thriller that formed the basis of the 1994 movie "No Escape", starring Ray Liotta.

The main difficulty for the author is making his voice heard in the roar of self-promotion. I believe that the work I am producing now is of higher quality than my prize-winning first, and ask you, the reader, to help spread the word by telling your friends if you have enjoyed one of my books.

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Chris Gallagher reviewed on on Feb. 24, 2012

Seldom have I read a book that moved me quite as much, and as deeply, as The Drowning by Richard Herley. From its opening paragraphs set beneath the wartime Atlantic Ocean, where Herley let me think I was reading one type of novel, only to confound me in the second chapter, to its conclusion 70 odd years later, The Drowning never failed to satisfy.

Essentially a love story, the action moves seamlessly between England and Nigeria, and recounts the lives of Roland and Elspeth, both together and apart. The closing chapters are deeply poignant and incredibly moving. I can count on the fingers of one hand books that have left me in tears; this was one of them.

This is a book that should be required reading for any would be writer, and as one such I could only read in admiration. The quality of the writing is superb, and although not normally a jealous person, I am extremely envious of Richard Herley's ability, and wish I could write half as well.
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