The Drowning of Arthur Braxton
An urban fairy tale from the acclaimed author of 99 Reasons Why. Arthur Braxton runs away from school. He hides out in an abandoned building, an old Edwardian bathhouse. He discovers a naked woman swimming in the pool. From this point on, nothing will ever be the same. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is an unflinching account of the pain and trauma of adolescence and of how first love can transform the most unhappy of lives into something miraculous. It is a dark and brooding modern fairy tale from one of our most gifted writers.
'Magical, weird and wonderful. Dark unique brilliance.' MATT HAIG, author of The Radleys 'This thoroughly modern retelling is everything a fairy tale should be: strange, beautiful and wholly unexpected.' TANYA BYRNE, author of Heart Shaped Bruise 'Will Self and Caroline Smailes are arch-experimentalists' OBSERVER 'A quirky magical tale of wit, water and destiny. Caroline Smailes always writes with flair and empathy - this time she explores the power of our need to belong.' SARAH SALWAY, author of Something Beginning With
CAROLINE SMAILES lives in the North West of England with her husband and three children. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is her fifth novel. She can be found at www.carolinesmailes.co.uk and twitter.com/Caroline_S