In 19th-century northern England, two outsiders find comfort and support in their mutual isolation, in Robert Edric’s resonant historical fiction.

Charles Weightman has been given the unenviable task of overseeing the flooding of Forge Valley and evicting its lingering inhabitants. Heartily resented by these locals, Weightman is increasingly unconvinced of the wisdom of his appointment and the integrity of the men who posted him there. He finds some solace, however, in the companionship of his enigmatic neighbour, Mary Latimer, who acts as carer for her mad sister. As winter closes in, the waters begin to rise in Forge Valley…

The Man Booker Prize 2006
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Black Swan
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Robert Edric

Robert Edric

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Robert Edric is the pseudonym of Gary Edric Armitage and he writes under both names. He is a prolific author who never stints on quality, as evidenced by his 2002 and 2006 longlistings.
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