Bev Thomas

 

 

WHERE ANGELS SWIM was the first literary novel by this young British author.  Set in Queensland, Australia, mainly on the Barrier reef, the first person narrator is seven year old Joby.  Spellbound by the magic of the underwater world, his mother has Munchausen by Proxy, a disturbing condition that leads her to fabricate illness in her son, while being obsessed by him.  Seen through his eyes, the book explores the joys and constraints of his childhood, and when diving becomes his only source of freedom, it is the story of his struggle for survival.  The author combines her background as a clinical psychologist with a passion for scuba diving in this beautifully written, compelling novel with a magical and exotic setting.