Robert Edric captures with breathtaking economy the sense of portent and uncertainty shared by a community in the aftermath of conflict.

Late summer 1946: the Wash on the Fenland coast. Into a suspicious and isolated community comes James Mercer, until recently a serving captain in the Engineers. As the summer dies, animosities flare, prejudices and enmities are burnished - and Mercer finds himself caught in the centre as events quicken to their violent and unexpected conclusion.

The Man Booker Prize 2002
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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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Gathering the Water