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John Lucas




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Summer, 1944, and in a seemingly tranquil midland village the lives of two small children are about to change for ever. Fifty years later the now middle-aged brother and sister set out to uncover and understand the cause of those catastrophic events, the scars of which they still bear.

John Lucas’s riveting novel is about the role of memory in how we shape and come to terms with the past. It is also about how that past can reveal itself in unexpected and sometimes disturbing ways. Waterdrops is about what is lost, what endures, about, as one of the characters says, “the terrible things that happen in war, and not only on the battlefield”. It is also about love.


About the author:

John Lucas is a well-known poet, critic, biographer, and literary historian. His Studying Grosz on the Bus won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize in 1990, in 2008 92 Acharnon Street was given the Authors’ Club Dolman Award for Travel Writing, and his translations of the poems of Egil’s Saga, now reissued as I, the Poet Egil, is an Everyman Classic. Professor Emeritus at the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent, John Lucas has written for all the leading literary journals, and since 1994 he has been editor and publisher of Shoestring Press.


332  pages

ISBN: 978-1-906075-66-8

Greenwich Exchange Category: Novels

Series: None



Other books by John Lucas published by Greenwich Exchange:

Portable Property

George Crabbe: A Critical Study

Robert Browning

Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy: Richard II - Henry V

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

The Plotting

Summer Nineteen Forty-Five


The Good That We Do

Second World War Poetry in English




Next Year Will Be Better by John Lucas

“John Lucas’s Next Year Will Be Better recalls in astonishing and celebratory detail the sounds, tastes and smells of England in the 1950s.”

Blake Morrison, ‘Books of the Year’, the Guardian.


John Lucas's poetry

“Lucas’s poems are brilliant vignettes, perhaps the verse equivalent of Stanley Middleton’s novels.”

Peter Porter, the Observer.


John Lucas's writing

“Only a dedicated sourpuss would fail to be swept along by Lucas’s zest and intelligence.”

John De Falbe, the Spectator.