I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on Louse Beech’s blog tour for The Mountain In My Shoe and share with you a piece Louise has kindly written for us.
“A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all. Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.”
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Water, water, everywhere….
When launching my novel – The Mountain in my Shoe – in Hull, writer Russ Litten observed that water is a huge theme in my work. It’s a constant that trickles through my words. I realised how right he is. I’m haunted by the sea, by rivers, by rain, by water.
In my début – How to be Brave – the sea was, in essence, another character. As the lost crew of the SS Lulworth Hill drifted aimlessly on the searing hot South Atlantic Sea, I made the ocean as much a person as they were. She lapped at the boat, she seduced them with her melody until some men jumped to their death, she gave food in the flying fish, and she took life with the predatory sharks. I could smell and feel that water as I wrote the book; still do when I read it aloud.
In The Mountain in my Shoe that water is a turbulent river, the Humber, which is one of the most dangerous in the world. She is backdrop to a novel full of emotions, reveals, tension, and hardship. She sets a certain atmosphere with her whirling currents and freezing temperatures. In this novel, as in my first, this water almost claims characters who dare test her.
In my next novel, one I’m currently working on, the water is the horrendous rain of June 2007, when floods destroyed homes and lives across England. Here in Hull, we endured some of the worst destruction. I lost my home, my car and many of our precious belongings.
This experience inspired Maria in the Moon, a novel that how Catherine volunteers at a crisis centre to help others going through the same floods. In the story, everything is flushed out, including a long buried, tragic childhood memory she had previously forgotten.
Water can be a metaphor for so many things. Our emotions mainly. She’s ruled by the moon when we consider the sea. She comes in torrents, ruining our lives, flushing out the truth.
But she soothes and quenches us. No wonder she’s a marvellous thing, and no wonder that she’s splashed, trickled, drenched and quenched so many of my novels.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for reviews, extracts and fantastic guest posts written by Loiuse!
About The Author:
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose début novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at
Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the
Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show. The Mountain in My Shoe was longlisted for the 2016 Not the Booker Prize.