Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

Deep Down: the 'intimate, emotional and witty' 2023 debut you don't want to miss

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What West-Knights does so effectively here is to make no distinction between past and present; incidents from childhood are related in the same continuous present tense as the current events in Paris, with nothing so clunky as dates or chapter headings to mark the switch. West-Knights deftly shows us that the relationship between the siblings, and with their dad William, is anything but straightforward. The story is about Tom and Billie, they have both had a bereavement in the family and seeing as they both are so far away from each other they decide to reconnect and hope that being together will help with the grief.

Billie and Tom are not necessarily likeable characters, but as the story progresses with flashbacks to their childhood we start to understand why they’re a bit messed up and have such a tense relationship - they’ve both processed their father’s behaviour in a different way and are therefore handling his loss differently too. Tom, the elder, is working there in an English-themed pub, avoiding the failure of his acting career (“not knowing what he is doing in Paris feels more productive than not knowing at home”).

A sensitive look at grief, families, ambition, anger and the complexity of loving and hating someone all at once. We see the book flit back to them as children and them now as they attempt to get their lives back on track.

I think if these lengthy descriptions of inane journeys had instead been used as deep dives into character psyches I would have felt more connected to Billie and Tom. DEEP DOWN is a beautifully constructed and unnervingly assured debut which deeply moved and impressed me.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Funny, moving and unexpected, DEEP DOWN is an empathetic and hard-hitting look at both the struggles and the joys of sibling relationships, and the realities of grieving the loss of someone who was already an absence. This book has opened my eyes and made me realise to be grateful for who you have and what you have got. I’m definitely categorising this one in the ‘sad girl reads’ section because it’s a pretty bleak and edgy take on family and grief. Deep Down is a wonderfully astute and often hilarious look at sibling relationships, intimacy and family repression.West-Knights takes the tradition of the British family novel - with all its resentment, over-drinking and passive aggression - and transcends it: Deep Down is funny, sad, tender and hopeful. The withholding of information is masterfully sustained as we come to understand why they have responded to their father’s death with such profound ambiguity. There was potential for some interesting explorations on family dynamics, domestic violence and complicated grief, but that didn't happen here.

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