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Lucy Clarke
Swimming at Night



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People go traveling for two reasons: because they are searching for something, or they are running from something.

There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it's better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what's beneath . . .

Katie's carefully constructed world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali — and the police claim it was suicide. With only the entries of Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life, and — page by page, country by country — begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond — and Katie — to breaking point?


Praise for Lucy Clarke's Swimming at Night:

Richard & Judy Summer Book Club Choice

"You don't have to go on your hols to appreciate this amazing beach read — the captivating story will send you to far-flung, exotic destinations . . . A gripping, unpredictable page-turner." —Now

"A tender and intricate meditation on sisterhood and family, Swimming at Night is an accomplished debut. With a deft hand, Lucy Clarke weaves a deep and compelling story that is as much about what binds us together as it is about what tears us apart. Perfectly capturing the impossibly complicated love of siblings, this is a rich and moving story that lingers long after the book is closed." —Lisa Unger, author of Heartbroken and Beautiful Lies

"With a solid debut that has the reader as anxious as Katie to find out what really happened on Mia's journey, Clarke does a nice job of creating characters who make us care about them and situations that are exciting and believable. A great read for fans of smart contemporary women's fiction as well as thriller and mystery readers." —Bette Lee Fox, Library Journal

"Clarke takes the reader on an exciting and mysterious trail. . . . [She] does a nice job of creating characters who make us care about them and situations that are exciting and believable. A great read for fans of smart contemporary women's fiction as well as thriller and mystery readers." —Library Journal, starred review

"Alternating chapters juxtaposing the two sisters' lives engage readers from the start in Clarke's accomplished debut." —Booklist


Length: 384 pp
Setting: UK, Australia, Hawaii, Asia
Period: Contemporary
Genre: Women's fiction
Publication Date: March 12 2013

Canadian English rights, Simon & Schuster Canada
English US rights, Simon & Schuster
World French rights, Presses de la Cite
World German rights, Piper Verlag
World Dutch rights, Bruna
World Italian rights, Neri Pozza
Brazilian Portuguese rights, Rocco

For all other rights contact Greene & Heaton.
Lucy Clarke

Lucy Clarke is a thirty-year-old writer. She and her husband, a professional windsurfer, spend their winters travelling and their summers at home on the south coast of England.

Swimming at Night (also published as The Sea Sisters in the UK) is her first novel and was published in Spring 2013. It will also be published by Piper in Germany this fall. Lucy is currently working on her next book, which is set on a ruggedly beautiful island off the coast of Tasmania, where she's spent the winter researching.