Diving Belles

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  • Hardcover
  • 223 pages
  • Diving Belles
  • Lucy Wood
  • English
  • 20 June 2017
  • 1408816857

About the Author: Lucy Wood

Lucy Wood has a Master s degree in Creative Writing from Exeter University She grew up in Cornwall Diving Belles is her first work.


Diving Belles Straying Husbands Lured Into The Sea Can Be Fetched Back, For A Fee Magpies Whisper To Lonely Drivers Late At Night Trees Can Make Wishes Come True Provided You Know How To Wish Properly First Houses Creak, Fill With Water And Keep A Fretful Watch On Their Inhabitants, Straightening Shower Curtains And Worrying About Frayed Carpets A Teenager S Growing Pains Are Sometimes Even Bigger Than Him And, On A Windy Beach, A Small Boy And His Grandmother Keep Despair At Bay With An Old White Door In These Stories, Cornish Folklore Slips Into Everyday Life Hopes, Regrets And Memories Are Entangled With Catfish, Wrecker S Lamps, Standing Stones And Baying Hounds, And Relationships Wax And Wane In The Glow Of A Moonlit Sea This Luminous, Startling And Utterly Spellbinding Debut Collection Introduces In Lucy Wood A Spectacular New Voice In Contemporary British Fiction Lucy Wood Has A Master S Degree In Creative Writing From Exeter University She Grew Up In Cornwall Diving Belles Is Her First Work

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10 thoughts on “Diving Belles

  1. Scarlet says:

    Diving Belles is a gorgeously written and richly imagined collection of what are too abrupt and too fleeting to qualify as stories Each of the twelve accounts capture a moment of magic in an otherwise mundane life a woman going about her day even as she agonizingly turns to stone, a mother daughter duo who stumble upon a tree that makes wishes come true, a melancholy ghost who takes up residence in a young couple s home and leaves shells and sand in his wake yet each is a phantom story, lik Diving Belles is a gorgeously written and richly imagined collection of what are too abrupt and too fleeting to qualify as stories Each of the twelve accounts capture a moment of magic in an otherwise mundane life a woman going about her day even as she agonizingly turns to stone, a mother daughter duo who stumble upon a tree that makes wishes come true, a melancholy ghost who takes up residence in a young couple s home and leaves shells and sand in his wake yet each is a phantom story, like a reflection on the surface of water, too elusive to hold on to.That be...

  2. Dov Zeller says:

    This is a book of magical or fabular realism What is most beautiful and intriguing about the stories is not the mythical creatures, but the descriptions of the mundane relationships to self and other homes that memories live in natural landscapes bodies of water The magical stuff enhances the intensity of the mundane, and particularly the bleakness and sharpness of memory, love, loss, feelings of existential lostness Some excerpts to illustrate at the end of the review The writing is v This is a book of magical or fabular realism What is most beautiful and intriguing about the stories is not the mythical creatures, but the descriptions of the mundane relationships to self and other homes that memories live in natural landscapes bodies of water The magical stuff enhances the intensity of the mundane, and particularly the bleakness and sharpness of memory, love, loss, feelings...

  3. Maciek says:

    Lucy Wood s debut collection contains a few truly magical short stories, and is adorned with one of thebeautiful covers I have seen recently soft, gentle colors, golden lettering, the yellow lantern and blue mermaid with a shell among the rocking waves circled by golden birds Call me vain, but I do pay attention to cover art And who could resist this one Set in Lucy s native Cornwall, along its coast and among its many moors and forest, the stories contrast traditional Cornish folklore Lucy Wood s debut collection contains a few truly magical short stories, and is adorned with one of thebeautiful covers I have seen recently soft, gentle colors, golden lettering, the yellow lantern and blue mermaid with a shell among the rocking waves circled by golden birds Call me vain, but I do pay attention to cover art And who could resist this one Set in Lucy s native Cornwall, along its coast and among its many moors and forest, the stories contrast traditional Cornish folklore with everyday, contemporary life This is a world like our own, but one where fairies, mermaids and forest spirits exist alongside ordinary humans, and interact with them to various results, not always good.The stories themselves are often bittersweet and pretty dark, m...

  4. Penny says:

    I decided that 2016 would be the year that I readfiction.I m normally engrossed in the Tudor period, or Victorian London, or someone s memoirs or travels, and fiction over the last few years has very much taken a back seat But I am aware that I might well be missing out.So, I decided to start with a short story collection as a way of easing me in I loved the sound of Diving Belles and it proved an excellent choice There s a real mixture of everyday life mixed up with magic and mystery I decided that 2016 would be the year that I readfiction.I m normally engrossed in the Tudor period, or Victorian London, or someone s memoirs or travels, and fiction over the last few years has very much taken a back seat But I am aware that I might well be missing out.So, I deci...

  5. Jane says:

    Often the books you love are the most difficult to write about.How do you capture just what makes them so very, very magical Diving Belles is one of those books.It hold twelve short stories.Contemporary stories that are somehow timeless Because they are suffused with the spirit of Cornwall, the thing that I can t capture in words that makes the place where I was born so very, very magical.Lucy Wood so clearly understands what it is about the sea, what it is is about the moorland The beauty, th Often the books you love are the most difficult to write about.How do you capture just what makes them so very, very magical Diving Belles is one of those books.It hold twelve short stories.Contemporary stories that are somehow timeless Because they are suffused with the spirit of Cornwall, the thing that I can t capture in wo...

  6. Blair says:

    A gorgeously written but sadly unfulfilling collection of what I would call scenes, rather than stories Lucy Wood s debut combines traditional Cornish folklore with the mundane reality of the everyday her characters are often lonely, uncertain, leading fragmented and unsatisfying lives, and into these almost painfully realistic depictions the author weaves elements of the strange, the fantastic and the magical There s a giant s boneyard, people turning to stone and witches who can transform i A gorgeously written but sadly unfulfilling collection of what I would call scenes, rather than stories Lucy Wood s debut combines traditional Cornish folklore with the mundane reality of the everyday her characters are often lonely, uncertain, leading fragmented and unsatisfying lives, and into these almost painfully realistic depictions the author weaves elements of the strange, the fantastic and the magical There s a giant s boneyard, people turning to stone and witches who can transform into animals, but also strained relationships between family members, painful memories and the blossoming of young love Without exception, I absolutely loved Wood s portrayals of people rarely have I known characters to come to life so effectively within such short passages I felt like I knew the characters, and had a kind of emotional investment in the...

  7. Katie Lumsden says:

    A beautiful rich lovely short story collection featuring a nice balance of magical realism and the ordinary relationships of everyday life.

  8. Jen Campbell says:

    3.5 Will chat about it in my next wrap up video.

  9. Amelia says:

    I am far from Diving Belles s ideal reader neither short stories, nor magical realism are really to my taste Bearing that in mind, my rating comes with a caveat generally I base my rating on a mixture of my enjoyment in the read, how deftly I thought it was written, how I think others will like it, how powerful it was, how much it made me think Here I am rating on skill I didn t take much pleasure in reading Diving Belles Indeed, in several places I took displeasure in it esp the stor I am far from Diving Belles s ideal reader neither short stories, nor magical realism are really to my taste Bearing that in mind, my rating comes with a caveat generally I base my rating on a mixture of my enjoyment in the read, how deftly I thought it was written, how I think others will like it, how powerful it was, how much it made me think Here I am rating on skill I didn t take much pleasure in reading Diving Belles Indeed, in several places I took displeasure in it esp the story Magpie But I ve c...

  10. Clare says:

    I bought this book, almost entirely because of how beautiful its presentation is The illustration on the cover, the script of the title and most of all the faded image of a lantern on the spine The colours of the cover drew me straight to it and then I couldn t put it back on the shelf Is that good book cover marketing or what Eventually I opened it and read the blurb on the inside of the cover and it sounded interesting cornish coastal mythology etc and so I treated myself.This is Lucy Wo I bought this book, almost entirely because of how beautiful its presentation is The illustration on the cover, the script of the title and most of all the faded image of a lantern on the spine The colours of the cover drew me straight to it and then I couldn t put it back on the shelf Is that good book cover marketing or what Eventually I opened it and read the blurb on the inside of the cover and it sounded interesting cornish coastal mythology etc and so I treated myself.This is Lucy Wood s first published work It is a collection of short stories all based on cornish folklore and legends worked into stories that wrap themselves around the mundane and everyday When I read the first...