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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562661
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before embarking on a career in education, Syd worked extensively in the publishing industry, fronting Channel 4's book programme, Pulp. She was the founding editor of Level 4, an arts and culture magazine, and is co-creator of Super Strumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes. Syd has also been a go go dancer, backing singer, subbuteo maker, children's entertainer and performance poet, She now works for Metal Culture, an arts organisation, promoting arts and cultural events and developing literature programmes. Syd is an out and proud Essex Girl and is lucky enough to live in that county where she spends her free time excavating old myths and listening out for things that go bump in the night.

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‘A stunning reinvention of the ghost story and an exploration of a 19th-century Essex witch hunt.’ The Guardian

‘A goose-pimply old-fashioned ghost story.’ Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant and May series

‘A must-read for historical fiction fans. Its vivid descriptions will leave even the toughest of souls with goose pimples.’ Closer

About the Author

Syd Moore is the author of The Drowning Pool, a novel inspired by the legend of a 19th Century Essex woman – the Sea Witch Sarah Moore. She is also co-creator of Super Strumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes through the medium of Top Trumps, and was founding editor of Level 4, an arts and culture magazine based in South Essex. She has worked extensively in publishing and the book trade and presented Channel 4’s late night book programme, Pulp.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam23 on 22 Feb 2014
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I always enjoy books written about different times and seeing how the different threads are resolved. The story outline was good, and there were several times when the author created tense and frightening scenes. The main problem for me was having to plough through the stereotypical Essex girl sections, the outings, the drinking and the work ethic. The main character seemed to look after her child in a haze of alcohol, and her friends were no more reliable. The worst aspect of this was the childish depiction of the group of teachers and their hatred of any form of administration. MacBastard? Come on, it's a nickname a 14-year old would dream up. The history and development of that character were frankly unbelievable. There were too many sub-plot threads, widowhood, possible brain tumour, suspicious deaths. The whole narrative could have been simplified. There were some laughable bits, that reminded me of a French and Saunders send-up (2 Sharons and Shazza)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karensscrabbledabble on 24 Mar 2013
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If you love a gripping ghost story then this has to be on the top of your list. A truly awesome writer that gets you totally gripped within the first few turns of the page. If,like me you prefer to read UK based ghost/horror stories then this book really is for you. I can honestly say that this is one of my all time favourites, definately in my top 3.
Syd Moore,s follow up The Witch Hunt is a must also!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maddie on 3 Mar 2013
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The author appears to have researched the Essex witches and seems to have a good deal of knowledge on the background and history of the area. That said I felt this was overshadowed somewhat by the main character who was always drunk, on the way to getting drunk, opening a bottle to drink or drinking to excess that it's amazing she could recall anything that went on around her. It was totally distracting and ridiculous. The ending also seemed rushed, almost as if the author had another project to move on to quickly? If you leave these factors out the book is average....just average.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mayes on 2 Oct 2011
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'The Drowning Pool' is Syd Moore's debut novel. However, there is no indication in her writing style that Syd is not a veteran of several titles. The story is set in the ancient fishing village of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. The framework for the plot is based on some well researched history involving a local sea witch,'Sarah Moore'. For the purpose of the book 'Sarah Moore' has been changed to 'Sarah Grey'.

The fictional aspect of the story centres around a recently bereaved widow (also Sarah Grey) who moves to Leigh-on-Sea with her young son. Her intention is to start a new, calm and emotionally secure life. This quest is shattered one night after an 'accidental' seance unleashes ghostly apparitions and materialisations.

Syd Moore has a very talented knack when it comes to making her characters believable and vulnerable. I especially got hooked on Sarah's enigmatic yet malevolent boss, Andrew McWhittard. Syd also manages to capture difficult emotions, such as bereavement and lonliness, with apparent ease.

'The Drowning Pool' is classed as a ghost story and it is. But, the narrative works on several levels as the relationships between friends, work colleagues snd those departed are masterfully explored.

Whilst I was reading this novel I found myself reflecting on little chunks which almost seemed as though they had been written with an insight into my own history, my own feelings. Then I realised that anyone, anywhere in the world, would also be able to relate to their own chunks of personal reflection.

Syd Moore is a talented and empathetic writer who must be very proud of this, her first novel. I am looking forward to her next book 'Afterlife', which I believe will be published in 2012.
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By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Oct 2014
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Sarah and her friends are out for a few drinks and find themselves at the castle, sharing spooky stories and local lore/myths. Shortly after this, Sarah finds herself experiencing visions and paranormal activity. Blocking out the visions doesn't help as her son Alfie is then used to try to get ‘messages’ to Sarah.

Sarah, already tired from re-building her life also has a Head who is making work life miserable. A health scare adds to her problems.

The Drowning Pool is narrated as a reflective account by Sarah. I identified with Sarah and her life in Leigh-on-Sea from the very beginning and that connection quickly hooked in my emotions. I could feel her fear and found myself as drained as she was. I didn’t realise I was quite that tense!

The uncertainty of whether the visions were real or part of something else is a subtle backdrop to what is happening. The doubt too about the trustworthiness of Andrew also added to the suspense for me.

The visions and paranormal activity gave me goosebumps. Alongside this, there is a character that ties up the present with the past … a scene relating to this was terrifying! I was sitting on the edge of my seat hoping with all my heart that someone would turn up before it was too late.

I love finding information from archives (and family history) and this aspect to the story is grounding and gives the story purpose.

The Drowning Pool is not all darkness and fear - romance is part of not only the present but also the past.

A fabulous read for Samhain ... or for those long, dark nights.

I bought a copy of The Drowning Pool after buying and enjoying Witch Hunt. -

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