I like to try a book that’s been shortlisted for the Booker Prize – in 2018 in this case.

Without giving too much away this is an updated version of a classic Greek tragedy.  It manages to conjure a way of life on the rivers and canals of East Anglia, where the conventions of modern life hold little sway and it’s possible to exist below the radar.

The book moves between three locations and time periods, through the lives of its unconventional characters.  The imagery of this scruffy, watery world is realistic, but there are also fears and fantasies.

Worth a read, but for me it wasn’t convincing or terrifying.