Death and the Seaside

  • by Alison Moore
  • Narrated by Imogen Church
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With an abandoned degree behind her and a 30th birthday approaching, amateur writer Bonnie Falls moves out of her parents' home into a nearby flat. Her landlady, Sylvia Slythe, takes an interest in Bonnie, encouraging her to finish one of her stories, in which a young woman moves to the seaside, where she comes under strange influences.
As summer approaches, Sylvia suggests to Bonnie that, as neither of them has anyone else to go on holiday with, they should go away together - to the seaside, perhaps.
The new novel from the author of the Man Booker-short-listed The Lighthouse is a tense and moreish confection of semiotics, suggestibility and creative writing with real psychological depth and, in Bonnie Falls and Sylvia Slythe, two unforgettable characters.
Alison Moore's first novel, The Lighthouse, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award (New Writer of the Year) and won the McKitterick Prize. Both The Lighthouse and her second novel, He Wants, were Observer books of the year. Her shorter fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories.
Born in Manchester in 1971, she lives near Nottingham with her husband, Dan, and son, Arthur.

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Hard to take seriously

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Alison Moore seemed more interested in proving a thesis rather than in presenting believable characters. She includes long extracts from psychological studies and then manipulates her characters to illustrate the point made in the extracts.


Has Death and the Seaside put you off other books in this genre?

Cannot think of a comparable book but I do not think I will read another of Moore's books.


Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favourite?

None. There are no likeable characters in this book but Church's portrayal of Bonnie's parents turned them into total caricatures.


Do you think Death and the Seaside needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I cannot imagine that anyone who struggles through this book would want to hear about any of the characters ever again!


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- Patrick

wish I hadn't of bothered

wasn't very good story. Thought narration annoying. just wish I hadn't wasted the time on this book.
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- Loretta J. Miller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios