Natasha Carthew


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Hodder & Stoughton
13 April 2023
ISBN: 9781399706476
288 pages

From the publisher

'At times roaring and visceral, in turn gentle and embracing, always driven by hope and determination' RAYNOR WINN
'Haunting and powerful' KATE MOSSE

To grow up in rural poverty is to fight for life before you can walk.

Natasha Carthew was born into a world that sat alongside picture-postcard Cornwall, one where second homes took the sea view of council properties, summer months shifted the course of people's lives, and wealth converged with poverty on sandy beaches.

In the rockpools and hedgerows of the natural world, Natasha found solace in the beauty of the landscape, and in the mobile library she found her means of escape. In Undercurrent she returns to the cliff paths of her childhood, determined to make sense of an upbringing shaped by political neglect and a life defined by the beauty of nature.

This is a journey through place, and a vivid story of hope, beauty and fierce resilience.

'Marvellous, moving and mesmerising' ANITA SETHI
'A story of queer resistance, of community and of finding your own voice' DAMIAN BARR