Swimming Home

Author(s): Deborah Levy


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.


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Deborah Levy is an astonishing contemporary writer and Swimming Home is a must read. A short novel, it takes place over a week with a group of tourists in the French Riviera. Levy's remarkable use of prose makes it obvious as to why it was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. She details each character and their feelings and motivations with such dexterity, you will want to read it again - Elisa, Book Grocer

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised novels including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography (both Jonathan Cape) and Billy and Girl (Bloomsbury).

General Fields

  • : 9780571299607
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : June 2012
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2013
  • : September 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Deborah Levy
  • : Paperback
  • : 1012
  • : 823.92
  • : 176