The Waves Burn Bright (2020)

The Waves Burn Bright Iain Maloney The Waves Burn Bright In the Piper Alpha oil platform off the coast of Aberdeen Scotland exploded killing men The Waves Burn Bright is a deeply affecting sensitive portrait of its devastating aftermath on one f
  • Title: The Waves Burn Bright
  • Author: Iain Maloney
  • ISBN: 9781910449820
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
The Waves Burn Bright Iain Maloney In 1988 the Piper Alpha oil platform off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, exploded killing 167 men The Waves Burn Bright is a deeply affecting, sensitive portrait of its devastating aftermath on one family Carrie Fraser is 16 when the disaster occurs, her father Marcus, one of the survivors As the narrative moves between past and present we learn that the trauma blows oIn 1988 the Piper Alpha oil platform off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, exploded killing 167 men The Waves Burn Bright is a deeply affecting, sensitive portrait of its devastating aftermath on one family Carrie Fraser is 16 when the disaster occurs, her father Marcus, one of the survivors As the narrative moves between past and present we learn that the trauma blows open existing fractures, tearing the family apart In adulthood, Carrie, now a respected volcanologist, is returning to Aberdeen, having spent many years abroad, to deliver an academic paper She and her father are estranged, partly due to his post traumatic stress and related alcoholism, a legacy of Piper Alpha Will a reconciliation be possible or will the aftershocks of a tragedy that occurred 25 years before continue to drive father and daughter apart This novel deserves a wide readership It will resonate with anyone who remembers the night of Piper Alpha with anyone suffering PTSD, for any reason with those trying to love them and live with them with those trying to treat them and with those generally interested in understanding this area of human experience It is also simply a compelling and highly engaging story, told with insight and compassion Alison Miller, author of Demo A cauldron of a book, bubbling with anger and magma which might at any moment spill over and bring further devastation It is both particular to this tragedy in 1988, but also universal a compelling story exploring how a father s trauma sends shock waves through a family, changes the pattern of lives particularly his daughter s and makes love risky However, as well as being about damage and running away, it is also about healing Linda Cracknell, author of Call of the Undertow and Doubling Back
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  1. Del Johnstone

    This was sensational I almost felt physically drained by the end of it Alcohol abuse isn t peculiar to Scotland, but sometimes it can feel as though it is, and there s no shortage of families who are familiar with what Carrie and her mother, who it s easy to think of as the villain here, but families of alcoholics know it s not as simple as that has gone through trying to wrestle the tiger that is her father s addiction Not that Marcus has had an easy time of it himself And while it s easy to id [...]

  2. Emma

    Having heard the author talk about the book, I wanted to read this fictional account of the Piper Alpha disaster, intrigued by the turn of events that led Maloney to writing about the subject.The book focuses on the break down of the relationship between father and daughter, after he survives the disaster The break down happens slowly and is well described post traumatic stress only just beginning to be understood.The book begins fairly slowly, but it picks up pace a third of the way through The [...]

  3. Russell Jones

    Fantastic read, full of insight, trauma, compassion, and an excellently crafted narrative set to a very challenging backdrop Give it a go

  4. Steph D

    I loved this book Let me set my own scene I was born in Aberdeen in 1988, my mum was pregnant with me when the Piper Alpha disaster happened and my Dad was offshore in the North Sea, but on another rig I grew up in Aberdeen and the first five years of my career were spent working in the oil and gas industry I have recently moved to London.The local references the pubs, the Uni, the memorial in Duthie Park etc are all accurate and well described, and all brought back very recent memories for me a [...]

  5. Anita Squires

    The Waves Burn Bright is a truly touching story of a family ripped apart by the events of one night that changed Aberdeen s history Piper Alpha was a terrible moment in history scaring many families and leaving a city that was riding high on the money that oil brought in facing the reality of danger that comes with mining a highly flammable liquid out in the middle of the sea.I felt an instant connection Carrie a woman who had ran away from home and had kept running in various forms until she en [...]

  6. Luci

    The ways in which human beings respond to trauma is dealt with sensitively and thoughtfully by Iain Maloney in this novel He creates realistically flawed characters struggling to manage relationships and responses to traumatic events The novel is beautifully written with a satisfyingly unsatisfying ending Iain Maloney s work is getting better and better A fantastic read.

  7. Lesley

    The Piper Alpha disaster was a terrible event The elements of this novel directly concerned with the day were heart stopping but the story that has been hung on this peg just didn t do it for me.

  8. Simon Sylvester

    Disclaimer time Iain is a friend of mine It s difficult to review a friend s work with any measure of distance, not least as I ve enjoyed Iain s books for years All that said, The Waves Burn Bright is the best thing he s written consistently powerful, committing and complex The core of the book is the tumultuous relationship between Marcus, a survivor of the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster, and his daughter Carrie Like the volcanoes that shape the story, their connection often simmers, and sometime [...]

  9. Owen

    This book caught my eye having spent five years living in Aberdeen in the 1990s while working directly in the field of safety engineering and risk management in the oil and gas industry This was a period when the findings of the Cullen Inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster had been were being implemented by the industry.Although the impact and changes on industry are usually well documented after tragic accidents such as these, the effect and trauma on people and families can be forgotten over t [...]

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