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Reviews

  • A bold, magical story about the letting go of long-held hope and building a different future

    Jo Browning Wroe, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Terrible Kindness
  • An atmospheric tale shot through with folklore. Annie Kirby's writing shimmers as she weaves together the threads of Scottie's forgotten past and her journey to face a future where she won't be the mother she always hoped to be. Beautiful & hopeful

    Kate Sawyer, Costa-shortlised author of The Stranding
  • A beautifully written, heart-rending atmospheric novel of finding what makes one whole

    Melissa Fu, author of Peach Blossom Spring
  • An incredibly beautiful story, shot through with shimmering myth, sorrow and hope

    Polly Crosby, author of The Illustrated Child
  • One of those rare novels that combines a page-turning story with language to savour. A beguiling and beautiful tale about motherhood, nature and art, The Hollow Sea celebrates the many different ways we might create and nurture.

    Emma Sweeney, author of Owl Song at Dawn
  • A thoughtful, beautiful gem of a story and I loved it

    Rebecca F. John, Costa-shortlisted author of The Haunting of Henry Twist
  • A stunning debut, part myth and part touching story of infertility and motherhood. I was swept away on a stormy sea and didn't want it to end. Delicious storytelling

    Julie Owen Moylan, author of That Green Eyed Girl
  • In The Hollow Sea, Annie Kirby has taken the external societal shaming and internal lived reality of involuntarily childless women and transformed them into an extraordinarily lyrical story. This book insinuated itself into my soul like a poem; whilst taking my mind on a mythical, allegorical adventure that lingers in my subconscious like a painting. Whether you are a parent or non-parent, this extraordinary novel will drench you in beauty. I adored it.

    Jody Day, author of Living the Life Unexpected and founder of Gateway Women
  • A real beauty. A magical story of one woman's infertility combined with a mythical sea world. Beautiful

    Laura Price, author of Single Bald Female
  • An absolutely beautiful story of love, loss, family and motherhood. Told in interweaving strands, it follows the story of Scottie whose mysterious past haunts her, and whose own struggles to become a mother is slowly destroying her . . . I read this book in just two sittings, the lyrical prose pulled me in and held me captivated, and my heart wept and sang in equal measure. Truly stunning

    Louise Morrish, author of Operation Moonlight

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