Published: 28/04/2014
ISBN: 9781783063581
Format: Paperback



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Described as an exciting voice in Contemporary Literature, David Smith's first novel Searching for Amber has been described as "A powerful and notably memorable debut" and "beautiful, dreamlike and be... read more

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Searching For Amber
by David Smith

Under the fluid metal of a steel-blue sky,
the body of a young woman strokes silently through the dawn waves…

When Jade, a passionate young photographer, is attacked by drug pushers and saved by the brooding shipwright Martin, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her reluctant hero’s tragic back-story. Her pursuit of Martin’s affection and her consequent obsessive search for Martin’s lost sister, Amber, ultimately leads Jade to discover the truth about her own mother, who abandoned her as a baby in the late 1950s, and the tragic events that led to her disappearance.

The inner lives of the main characters, their friends and the forces of sea and storm that confound them, unfold and intertwine over three distinct time periods; 1950s Aldeburgh, late 1970/80s Suffolk, and 1990s London and Essex, where they eventually reunite.

Searching for Amber is an engaging exploration of love, violence, betrayal and loss, told through beautiful writing, natural imagery and poetry. It is a story that takes into its sweep the breathtaking seascapes of Britten’s Suffolk, the rural idyll of Coggeshall and its Martyrs, and the brash vibrancy of Thatcher’s London. In creating this lyrical tale, David Smith has been inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as his memories of romantic weekends spent in Aldeburgh with his wife.

This book will appeal to romantics with a love of the sea, and those with an interest in history, art and music.

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"One of the best coming of age novels in years" BookViral.
"Rich and intriguing with outstanding passages of lyrical prose." S. Robinson

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Leamington Spa Courier, 5 June

Lindfield Life, June 2014

Kenilworth Weekly News, 24 May

Amazon, 11 May

Mid Sussex Times, 12 May

When Jade, a passionate young photographer, is attacked by drug pushers and saved by the brooding shipwright Martin, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her reluctant hero’s tragic back-story. Her pursuit of Martin’s affection and her consequent obsessive search for Martin’s lost sister, Amber, ultimately leads Jade to discover the truth about her own mother, who abandoned her as a baby in the late 1950s, and the tragic events that led to her disappearance.

An exquisite exploration of love, loss and the penuries of life, Searching For Amber, is the debut novel from author David Smith. A veritable smorgasbord of literary eloquence, there is an undeniable resonance to Smith’s words as he majestically conjures a palpable sense of time and place. The intricacy of his plot, as beguiling as his meticulously observed settings. Each ably capturing the essence of yesteryear as his intimately woven narratives unfold. It’s the work of an acerbic mind and one that demands a slow read to be really appreciated, with Smith keeping his readers in suspense until the final pages, but it’s most noteworthy for his rendering of the ordinary. Intense, lyrical, and certainly evocative, it's breathtakingly good at times; fuelling the need to discover how all the pieces fit together. Admirably mysterious, these are reasons to read on, sure in the knowledge that you’re in the hands of a highly competent wordsmith.

A powerful and notably memorable debut, Searching For Amber certainly deserves your attention, whilst boding well for future releases from author David Smith. It is recommended without reservation!

by Stephan Myers


 

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