‘Swimmers in an Ancient Sea’
‘Swimmers in an Ancient Sea’ is an adult book. It is available online as an ebook to purchase or borrow through Amazon Kindle Books.
What's the book about?
‘From the Sea’ is a novel about love, loss, abandonment and the fracturing of the self, but ultimately about integrity and forgiveness.
The first part of the book follows Marina’s story from her rescue as a four-year-old through to her teenage years, to her poignant reunion with Nicholas Stevens, the man who saved her life as a young child.
Whilst in the Kimberley, as caretaker on Breadle Gorge Station, Martin begins a relationship with a woman with an enigmatic past, Jessie Ryan, who has lived at Breadle as a child. When the property is sold, Martin loses touch with Jessie.
In the second half of the novel, Marina, now eighteen and a very determined young woman, arrives at Paroo Downs with the intention of remaining for a year and forcing a reunion with her father. Martin is engaged in the excavation of a Kronosaurus, a rare and immense Cretaceous period reptile of the ancient Eromanga Sea that once covered inland Australia. The relationship is extremely difficult for both of them and is maintained only because of Marina’s persistence.
Comments from Bron Blake
Although this book has much in common with the Young Adult version, ‘From the Sea’, this is an adult book exploring more adult themes, using more complex language and ideas, expanding more on the Northern and desert environments and Cretaceous palaeontology.
I began by writing this book as a YA, but became more and more involved with the character of Martin and how his grief would be expressed by such an introverted man. It quickly moved from being a YA novel into an adult one... however as I then reintroduced the young adult Marina back into the narrative, I wanted again to write her as a YA character.