The Bay by Julia Rampen


A tender and poignant debut of the redemptive power of unexpected friendship.
In an old-fashioned fishing community on Morecambe Bay, change is imperceptibly slow. Treacherous tides sweep the quicksands, claiming everything in their path.
As a boy, Arthur had followed in his fathers and grandfathers footprints, learning to read the currents and shifting sands. Now retired and widowed, though, he feels invisible, redundant. His daughter wants him in a retirement home. No one listens to his rants about the newcomers striking out nightly onto the bay for cockles, seemingly oblivious to the danger.
When Arthurs path crosses Sulings, both are running out of options. Barely yet an adult, Sulings hopes for a better life have given way to fear: shes without papers or money, speaks no English, and chased by ruthless debt collectors. Her only next step is to trust the old man.
Combining warmth and suspense and recalling a true incident, The Bay tells a tender story about loneliness, confronting prejudice, and the comfort of friendship, however unlikely-as well as exposing one of the most pressing social ills of our age.
The Bay is an engrossing novel recalling the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster of 2004.

Contributor Bio

Julia Rampen is a journalist and writer with a long track record of working with refugees and undocumented migrants. She is Media Director of IMIX, a charity helping immigrants tell their stories, and has worked for The Toronto Globe & Mail, The New Statesman, and the Liverpool Echo, as well as contributing to the Guardian, BBC Radio, and Sky News. The Bay was written in consultation with those who investigated the Morecambe Bay tragedy at the time (2004) and told the survivors' stories, and from Rampen's knowledge of the bay's history and traditions through spending time with her grandparents, who lived there."

More Details

  • Saraband
  • Fall 2023
  • On Sale: Nov 17/23
  • Paperback | 5.22 x 7.78
  • FICTION / Literary
  • 9781913393762