The Swimmer

3.66 avg rating
( 297 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007301591: The Swimmer

A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Forty-three year old Ria is used to being alone. As a child, her life changed forever with the death of her beloved father and since then, she has struggled to find love.That is, until she discovers the swimmer. Ben is a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who has arrived in Norfolk via Moscow. Awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application, he is discovered by Ria as he takes a daily swim in the river close to her house. He is twenty years her junior and theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying both boundaries and cultures - and the xenophobic residents of Orford. That is, until tragedy occurs.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Roma Tearne fled Sri Lanka at the age of ten, travelling to Britain where she has spent most of her life. She gained her Master's degree at the Ruskin Shool of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, and was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was recently awarded a fellowship in the visual arts by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. She lives and works in Oxford.

Review:

'A tender, unconventional love story unfolds, until tragedy intervenes...Tearne's descriptions of the wide Suffolk skies are breathtaking; she has a wonderful ability to create atmosphere' The Times 'Broodingly atmospheric...Roma Tearne is one of those writers who manage to interweave the political and personal to tremendous effect...Tearne captures a shifting social and political landscape and questions notions of home and homeland...[she] draws her characters with an artist's precision... her extraordinary book offers a rare insight into the subtle and dramatic ways we are shaped by conflict, and how our personal lives can be overtaken by political forces' Independent 'Topical themes such as the war on terror and the treatment of asylum seekers are cleverly presented against a background of love, grief and guilt; all this is drawn together by a theme of belonging...this is beautifully atmospheric writing, deeply moving and thought-provoking' Books Quarterly (Waterstones) 'A lyrical tale of love and loss' Country and Town House '[A] moving tale of forbidden love' Bella

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Roma Tearne
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2012)
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 190 x 127 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Forty-three year old Ria is used to being alone. As a child, her life changed forever with the death of her beloved father and since then, she has struggled to find love.That is, until she discovers the swimmer. Ben is a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who has arrived in Norfolk via Moscow. Awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application, he is discovered by Ria as he takes a daily swim in the river close to her house. He is twenty years her junior and theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying both boundaries and cultures - and the xenophobic residents of Orford. That is, until tragedy occurs. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007301591

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Tearne, Roma
Published by HarperPress
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 4
Seller
IBestBargains, LLC
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007301596 Brand New Book in Perfect Condition.Fast Shipping with tracking number. Bookseller Inventory # XGDA-FBD-02722

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Roma Tearne
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2012)
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 190 x 127 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Forty-three year old Ria is used to being alone. As a child, her life changed forever with the death of her beloved father and since then, she has struggled to find love.That is, until she discovers the swimmer. Ben is a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who has arrived in Norfolk via Moscow. Awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application, he is discovered by Ria as he takes a daily swim in the river close to her house. He is twenty years her junior and theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying both boundaries and cultures - and the xenophobic residents of Orford. That is, until tragedy occurs. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007301591

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Roma Tearne
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800073015910000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Roma Tearne
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand New , ready to ship. Bookseller Inventory # FGYB4540

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Roma Tearne
Published by HarperPress 2010-09-02 (2010)
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress 2010-09-02, 2010. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00613235

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Roma Tearne
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Swimmer, Roma Tearne, A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Forty-three year old Ria is used to being alone. As a child, her life changed forever with the death of her beloved father and since then, she has struggled to find love.That is, until she discovers the swimmer. Ben is a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who has arrived in Norfolk via Moscow. Awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application, he is discovered by Ria as he takes a daily swim in the river close to her house. He is twenty years her junior and theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying both boundaries and cultures - and the xenophobic residents of Orford. That is, until tragedy occurs. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007301591

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.72
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Roma Tearne
Published by HarperPress
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress. Book Condition: New. 2010. Paperback. A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Num Pages: 400 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 128 x 20. Weight in Grams: 218. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780007301591

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Roma Tearne
Published by HarperPress (2010)
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperPress, 2010. Book Condition: New. 2010. Paperback. A gripping, captivating novel about love, loss and what home really means. Num Pages: 400 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 128 x 20. Weight in Grams: 218. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780007301591

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Roma Tearne
ISBN 10: 0007301596 ISBN 13: 9780007301591
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007301596. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007301596

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book