What if you might have committed a shocking act of violence? What if that act of violence was the murder of your own grandchild? It hasn't rained in Britain for three years. Except at The Well, Ruth and Mark's rural property, their haven from the pressures of the city. But their lush garden paradise has made the outside world envious and suspicious, and the idyll soon turns sour. Then Lucien arrives, the child to brighten their lives, and the sisters of the rose set up camp, drawn by the miracle of the rain. And Ruth is swept inexorably towards her darkest nightmare. Catherine Chanter's The Well is a haunting novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.
* Widespread review coverage in major newspapers including the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, NZ Herald and Sunday Star Times * Review coverage in literary and general publications such as the Monthly, Good Reading, North & South and NZ Listener * Widespread review coverage in women's magazines such as Mindfood, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan * Author interviews on local and national radio such as Radio National Books & Arts Daily * Online reviews and interviews on sites such as the Hoopla and the New Daily * Bound proofs available to the trade, as well as to consumers via a social media competition * Large-scale print advertising campaign in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, the Monthly, the Big issue, Limelight (ABC) and on their associated websites. * Advertisements in high-profile women's magazines such as the Australian Women's Weekly * Indoor poster campaign in cafe and shopping centres in metropolitan Melbourne and Sydney * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups, including book lovers such as Good Reading and Better Reading * Significant budget for Mother's Day bookseller catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and websites * Point-of-sale materials including paper bags featuring the book's cover available to the trade * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Ideal book club title: book club notes available on publication at textpublishing.com.au/resources
'The Well asks us where do we seek refuge, and why? And perhaps it shows us that what is left, after all is suffered, is love. Battered, weathered, at the end of the novel it comes cresting over the hill, a herald of relief. I loved this book!' Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
Catherine Chanter is a teacher, poet and short story writer. She is the winner of the Yeovil Poetry Prize and the Lucy Cavendish prize awarded by Cambridge University. She grew up in the West Country before attending Oxford. The Well is her first novel.