The Well

Catherine Chanter

When Ruth Ardingly and her family first drive up from London in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a place, a farm that appears to offer everything the family are searching for. An opportunity for Ruth. An escape for Mark. A home for their grandson Lucien. But The Well's unique glory comes at a terrible price.

This is a brilliant debut novel, both haunting and apocalyptic. It’s set in a near-future Britain where it hasn’t rained for two years, the drought bringing desperation and social unrest to the entire country. The only place remaining inexplicably green and fertile is The Well, Mark and Ruth’s country home. The locals believe it’s witchcraft, and a strange group of nuns congregate on their property. Ruth finds herself simultaneously in paradise and a mystical nightmare. Excellent.

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