The Drowner by Robert Drewe


An man of the ancient profession of water channels travels to the West Australian goldfields to find water for a dry desert town. Will Dance meets his wife Angelica, an actress, in the local water baths and his obsession with water contrasts her fear of drowning.

Water is the centre of this novel and perhaps the descriptive passages are over-emphasised rather than the building of the characters. Still a good read for its lyrical passages.

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