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In Southern Waters book. Ian Marchant wasn't born in Newhaven in East Sussex in 1958, but he often claims that he was because of his deep embarrasment about his real place of birth

In Southern Waters book. Ian Marchant wasn't born in Newhaven in East Sussex in 1958, but he often claims that he was because of his deep embarrasment about his real place of birth. But he really did grow up in Newhaven, and went to school there, and he still sees it as home, even though it quite clearly isn't, given that he lives 250 miles away in Mid-Wales.

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Ian Peter Marchant (born 14 March 1958) is an English writer, broadcaster . In Southern Waters - 1999, Victor Gollancz. The Battle For Dole Acre - 2001, Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Ian Peter Marchant (born 14 March 1958) is an English writer, broadcaster and performer born in Guildford, England. He is best known for his non-fiction-mainly travel writing and memoir-but he has also written two novels and several other books, as well as short stories and newspaper articles. But what really makes the book - especially for fellow addicts - is the attention to railway detail. The Longest Crawl (2006) describes a journey through the pubs of Britain, from the southernmost to the northernmost, taking in the history of Britain's relationship with alcohol.

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ISBN 9780575402638 (978-0-575-40263-8) Softcover, Orion Pub Co, 2000. Find signed collectible books: 'In Southern Waters'. In Southern Waters: ISBN 9780575402638 (978-0-575-40263-8) Softcover, Orion Pub Co, 2000. Coauthors & Alternates.

I only got as far as page 30 of this book. Story-wise: it is crazy, eccentric even, and not that believable. While I don’t like reading about drugs and sex, I can deal with it. That said, that was not the problem. Her house mates are bizarre. They like drinking and taking drugs and gambling. What I didn’t like was the swearing, and the frequent use of the c-word. Maybe I’m just an old-fashion prude but I didn’t like it so I have stopped reading this book.

Here he wrote his novels ‘In Southern Waters’ and ‘The Battle for Dole Acre’. The Longest Crawl’ was book of the month for September 2007 in both ‘The Sunday Sport’ and ‘The Church of England Newspaper’, a hitherto undreamt of critical double

Here he wrote his novels ‘In Southern Waters’ and ‘The Battle for Dole Acre’. In the 21st Century he has run a large second-hand bookshop on the Charing Cross Road, been Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton, and worked as a lecturer in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University. The Longest Crawl’ was book of the month for September 2007 in both ‘The Sunday Sport’ and ‘The Church of England Newspaper’, a hitherto undreamt of critical double. Something of the Night’ was published by Simon and Schuster in January 2012. A Hero for High Times’, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2018, and Vintage in 2019. His next project is titled ‘One Fine Da.


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MrRipper
"People are very strange. We fall in love with somebody, because of who they are, and then we expect them to change ... there's nowt queerer than folk." - Bob Blossom, from IN SOUTHERN WATERS

"(Brighton Council decreed) that every May Moulescoomb's Wild Park should play host to a free festival, which attracted the wild and hairy from all across the South of England. The quality of the music could best be described as shameful, the food obtained from any number of stalls around the park as indigestible, and the ideas represented by the single-issue campaigners who thrust recycled pamphlets at the hirsute punters as half-baked, but no one seemed to mind too much. It was, after all, free." - from IN SOUTHERN WATERS

Published in 1999, IN SOUTHERN WATERS is one of writer/broadcaster Ian Marchant's rare novels. This was his first.

Here, college student Caroline Woolfit moves into the top floor flat at 23 Bloomsbury Place in Brighton, Sussex. Her room is being sublet by another of the current residents, Bob Blossom, who covets the use of Caroline's hi-fi.

If you're looking for a piece of fiction even remotely resembling a thriller, this book isn't it. Rather it's a genial and charming examination of the relationships - relationships colored by experiences past and present - between several roommates and neighbors clustered together by circumstance. And, indeed, unless you exist alone in a cave, isn't that what Life is all about for better or worse?

The chief character is Blossom, more or less. If you've previously read any of Marchant's other nonfiction works (such as Parallel Lines: Or, Journeys on the Railway of Dreams or Something of the Night [Hardcover]), you may come to the opinion (as I did) that there's a lot of the author in Blossom. Or perhaps Marchant is Blossom. After all, Ian is from Newhaven, which is but a few miles east of Brighton. Both seem inordinately fond of spliff, a joint rolled with both tobacco and pot. And how convenient that Blossom is working on a book entitled "In Southern Waters."

There is indeed a Bloomsbury Place just off Marine Parade in Brighton. Via the magic of Google Maps taken down to street level, you can see that #23 is a five-story house entered through a blue front door. And the free festival at Moulescoomb's Wild Park - basically, courtesy of Google Maps again, just a very spacious open field - is apparently the Family Fun Day held annually every year since 1978 on or close to May 17.

If IN SOUTHERN WATERS was a television sitcom, each chapter would be a self-contained episode that contains varying amounts of humor and poignancy. Perhaps my favorite was "Beating the Retreat," landlord Geoffrey's account of the gritty World War Two retreat of His Majesty's forces before the advancing Japanese Army across the length of Burma.

Though this book isn't for every reader of fiction, I enjoyed it enormously both for the engaging stories contained within and (largely) because I treasure the several months I've spent in England (and all over Great Britain) in a multitude of places - including Brighton.
SadLendy
Less a novel than a loosely related and chronologically arranged series of stories, this debut is one of the most entertaining books I've read this year. Set in Brighton over the course of a school year, it follows the hilarious and sometimes touching adventures of a group of flatmates and their neighbors. The newcomer is Caroline, she's a blue-haired hippyish student who moves into a group flat run by Bob, who is writing a magnum opus on Antarctic exploration when not supporting himself at the racetrack. The other two flatmates are Dave (a drum technician) and Cats .... Downstairs live, Frances, a cultural studies professor from New Zealand, her philandering layabout husband Paul, and their two kids. And below them lives "the Eel", a old retired Foreign Office type with a dark secret, who is often in the company of Jerry, a poor African graduate student.
Although there are some running storylines (the most prominent being Caroline and Paul's affair), each chapter functions as a stand-alone vignette in it's own right. Here's just a taste of the funnier ones: Frances hires Cat to teach Paul to play golf because she lied to her parents and told them Holland was a golf pro and now they're visiting (hilarity ensues); Paul and his ... dealer are left in charge of a baby (hilarity ensues); Caroline, Bob, and Dave go stay with friends in Wales for the weekend and get involved in an epic battle with a local hippy commune (mega-hilarity ensues, including the great line: "Meat to a hippy is like Kryptonite to Superman. If they come to close to it, they lose all their powers of double thinking, prevarications, procrastination and vagueness.").
Almost half the chapters are actually people telling stories about the past, including three different ones about WWII. In one, a veteran relates having to ditch his bomber in the ocean and watch his crewmates die; another creepy one concerns a war crime committed on British soil, and in the most touching one, an old-timer relates his unrequited ... love for a fellow solider in the chaos of the retreat from Burma (for a common soldier's account of the war in Burma, check out George McDonald Fraser's Quartered Safe Out Here). Clearly Marchant has heard his share of wartime stories and wants to remind readers today of what their grandparents went through.
Altogether, the stories mesh to create the portrait of a circle of lovable and flawed people whose exploits and adventures you wish could go on and on for hundreds more pages. Great stuff!
Kerahuginn
good solid read, the author really can get across the characters personalities, and make the reader feel he is actually living in the flat with all the residents.
the book is split into around 12 mini scenarios some of which link and some of which dont, I would be surprised if there wsant something for everyone to identify with if they have ever visited Brighton, or lived in similiar house to which the novel is set.
In Southern Waters download epub
British & Irish
Author: Ian Marchant
ISBN: 0575402636
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: British & Irish
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Pub Co (September 1, 2000)
Pages: 262 pages