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The Drowning Lesson

by Jane Shemilt Author · Deryn Edwards Narrator


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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Drowning Lessons by Jane Shemilt, read by Deryn Edwards. The haunting new novel from the author of 2014's stunning Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller Daughter.

The press conference, one year ago. Our home is a crime scene now. I am in yesterday's clothes. The clothes in which I kissed Sam goodbye. Then he'd belonged only to us. Now his image will be shared with the world. We should be grateful. 'Our son...Sam...' My eyes fill with tears, the writing on the paper blurs. 'Someone took him. Please help us...' I back away from the microphone, the paper falls from my hands.

The anniversary. The Jordan family thought they would return from their gap year abroad enriched, better people, a closer family. Not minus one child. A year on, Emma remains haunted by the image of that empty cot, thousands of miles away, the chasm between her and the rest of the family growing with each day that Sam remains missing. Is her son still out there? Will the mystery about what happened that night ever be unravelled?

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Jane Shemilt (Author)

While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. Her first novel, Daughter, was selected ...

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