Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

‘Deborah Levy’s storytelling is allusive, elliptical and disturbing. Her touch is gentle, often funny and always acute… This is a prizewinner.’
Julia Pascal, The Independent

Deborah Levy

Price: £8.99 (print), £5 (ebook)

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Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
April 2017

Selected for the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist.

As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe’s enigmatic wife allow her to remain?

Profound and thrilling, Swimming Home reveals how the most devastating secrets are the ones we keep from ourselves.


More Information

  • Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards (UK Author of the Year) and 2013 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize.
  • With an afterword by Tom McCarthy
  • If you had subscribed to And Other Stories before this book’s publication, you would have received one of the limited number stamped, early copies of it and 3 other And Other Stories 2011 titles. Find out about subscribing to upcoming titles here.
  • The first edition of Swimming Home (originally published October 2011; ISBN 9781908276025) is still available for collectors of our original series look. To order it, speak to your local bookshop (in the UK, Europe & Commonwealth, excl Canada).


Praise for Swimming Home

  • ‘Swimming Home is as sharp as a wasp sting . . . Witty and poignant, its pages melt away like an unsettling yet familiar dream.’ Sunday Times
  • ‘Deborah Levy has made something strange and new . . . spiky and unsettling. In this novel, home is elusive, safety is unlikely, and the reader closes the book both satisfied and unnerved.’ The Guardian
  • ‘A stealthily devastating book . . . Levy manipulates light and shadow with artfulness. She transfixes the reader: we recognize the thing of darkness in us all. This is an intelligent, pulsating literary beast.’ The Telegraph
  • ‘Swimming Home is a beautiful, delicate book underpinned by a complexity that only reveals itself slowly to the reader.’ Financial Times
  • ‘This amazing novel is a haunting exploration of loss and longing. It has an epic quality.’ The Independent
  • ‘A lean, filmic novel humming with secrets. Its prose is luminous and, despite the darkness of themes that include depression and loss, there is immense tenderness.’ Daily Mail
  • ‘A statement on the power of the unsaid. Magisterial . . . Themes, phrases and images recur in rhythmic cycles through this fugal novel. Levy’s cinematic clarity and momentum convey confusion with remarkable lucidity.’ Times Literary Supplement
  • ‘As the reader is drawn beneath the placid surface of her characters’ experiences, Levy reveals a more urgent world humming with symbols.’ Literary Review
  • ‘Exquisite . . . Levy’s sense of dramatic form, as she hastens us toward the grim finale, is unerring, and her prose effortlessly summons people and landscapes.’ New Yorker
  • ‘Readers will have to resist the temptation to hurry up in order to find out what happens . . . Our reward is the enjoyable, if unsettling, experience of being pitched into the deep waters of Levy’s wry, accomplished novel.’ New York Times
  • ‘Elegant . . . subtle . . . uncanny. . . The seductive pleasure of Levy’s prose stems from its layered brilliance.’ The Washington Post
  • ‘Here is an excellent story, told with the subtlety and menacing tension of a veteran playwright.’ The Wall Street Journal


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