The Brighton connection is apt, since much of the novel takes place in and around the town. I never consciously plan to place my characters beside the sea – I’m setting my next novel on a different coastline – but they seem to belong there partly because of the sea’s drama and frequent beauty, and partly because it’s always such a potent reminder of the risks and submerged dangers waiting to catch us when we least expect – though in fact the sea plays no part in the book’s tragedy.
The chilly opening credits of Robert Redford’s directorial debut, Ordinary People, also exploits these liminal fears, contrasting choppy, grey lake water with the immaculately mown borders of a tree-lined residential street. A brilliantly written film.
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