Salvage Hardcover – Apr 5 2010
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"Edric's work constitutes one of the most astonishing bodies of work to have appeared from a single author for a generation."
— Daily Telegraph
"For more than 20 years now, Robert Edric's unflinching eye for human cruelty has roamed across centuries and continents."
— Sunday Times
About the Author
ROBERT EDRIC was born in 1956. His novels include The Sword Cabinet, The Book of the Heathen (shortlisted for the 2001 WH Smith Literary Award), Peacetime (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002), Gathering the Water (longlisted for the Booker Prize 2006), The Kingdom of Ashes and In Zodiac Light.
Top Customer Reviews
BUT - if we ignore the concept and just look at the storyline and the characters, my God, what a boring book this was. The main character, Quinn, has next to no personality. The various supporting characters are flat, and do little more than represent the distraught broken farmer in one example, or the ambitious and corrupt local politician in another example. And the story just fizzles itself out to a meek death. Quinn is sent to a town in north-east England to see if it is really capable of handling massive development in order to become the home for thousands of coastal refugees. There are hints at corruption, dirty book-keeping, secrets buried under the ground, and the implication seems to be that Quinn will have to confront the local politicians regarding all these issues.
In the end, he's powerless, he knows he's powerless, the politicians know he's powerless, and nothing happens.