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  • Published: 17 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473560949
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Slack-Tide




A journey through the ebbs and flows of the human heart - the new sucker punch of a novel from Elanor Dymott, author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace

‘A brilliant depiction of both romantic rapture and heartfelt delusion’ (Daily Telegraph), Slack-Tide is the new sucker punch of a novel from Elanor Dymott, author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace

It is four years since the loss of a child broke her marriage, and Elizabeth is fiercely protective of her independence. She meets Robert – exuberant, generous, apparently care-free – and they fall in love with breath-taking speed.

Slack-Tide tracks the ebbs and flows of the affair: passionate, coercive, intensely sexual. When you’ve known lasting love and lost it, what price will you pay to find it again?

‘When two people meet is it need, fantasy or love? Slack-Tide takes us on an urgent journey and kept me reading late into the night’ Esther Freud

  • Published: 17 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473560949
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Elanor Dymott

Elanor Dymott was born in Chingola, Zambia, in 1973. She was educated in the USA and England and spent parts of her childhood in South East Asia, where she later worked. Her first novel, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, was published in 2012. She lives in London.

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Praise for Slack-Tide

Often, the best books work on you subcutaneously, by accretion, not letting you know precisely what they’re about until days or even weeks after you’ve finished them... Vivid and memorableSlack-Tide is a fierce and often very funny send-up of a generation of men who think they can have their cake and eat it.

Alex Preston, Observer

Slack-Tide, Elanor Dymott's captivating third novel, is sharp in many ways… [it’s] so convincingly – and, at times, so disastrously – funny… But what makes Slack-Tide distinct is its brilliant depiction of both romantic rapture and heartfelt delusion.

Sophie Ratcliffe, Daily Telegraph

Forensic and spare, Slack-Tide is a persuasively messy (and sinister) tale of mixed-up emotions.

Anthony Cummins, Metro

Dymott writes particularly well on sex, and is refreshingly comfortable with the ambiguities at play in each encounter. This psychologically intelligent study... packs a very precise punch.

Zoë Apostolides, Financial Times

When two people meet is it need, fantasy or love? Slack-Tide takes us on an urgent journey and kept me reading late into the night.

Esther Freud

A compelling and beautiful reflection on the stories that hold us together and keep us apart.

Sarah Moss

I finished Slack-Tide after a heady, intense few days of reading. Elanor Dymott writes with such lucidity and precision; her characters, setting and premise are real and involving – I enjoyed it immensely.

Laura Barnett

Slack-Tide is hypnotically compelling. It asks how you can ever get the measure of your own needs, let alone the needs of another, and how difficult it is to mesh your life with theirs. Her lovers are experienced, flawed, damaged and demanding, but she won’t let them be fooled or floored by emotion... Dymott shows that what you want is not always what you need. That the price exacted by finding yourself can be having to let another go.

Marina Benjamin

This novel has the urgency and readability of a whodunit, with an emotional intensity that draws you in, mercilessly, and then spits you back out again… Sharp and potent, this novel explores what it’s like to fall in love and have your heart broken… [it’s] passion at its most convincing.

Michael Delgado, Literary Review

This novel has the urgency and readability of a whodunit, with an emotional intensity that draws you in, mercilessly, and then spits you back out again… Sharp and potent, this novel explores what it’s like to fall in love and have your heart broken… [it’s] passion at its most convincing.

Michael Delgado, Literary Review

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