Book review: Grasping at Water by Carmel Bendon

A bit of a departure from my usual ‘contemporary mixed with the medieval’ style of post, but as it is a very thoughtful review of my new book ‘Grasping at Water’ (which is ‘contemporary mixed with the medieval’) I just wanted to share it with you.

Isobel Blackthorn

I do enjoy reading novels with strong mystical content. Especially when, as is the case with Grasping at Water, the author has profound knowledge of her subject.

About Grasping at Water

When a young, unidentified woman is pulled alive and well from Sydney Harbour in 2013, the connections to another woman – found in similar circumstances forty years earlier – present psychiatrist Kathryn Brookley with a terrible decision as the events of the present and past begin to mirror each other and the gap between truth and illusion shrinks.

When the young woman goes further and declares that she has lived continuously since coming to ‘understanding’ in the 14th century, her vivid accounts of life, love, childbirth, and loss in the Middle Ages seem so authentic that they test Kathryn’s scientific objectivity to the limit. As Kathryn delves she discovers that she is not the only one whose habitual…

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5 Replies to “Book review: Grasping at Water by Carmel Bendon”

    1. Thanks for the congrats Neil. I’d written an academic book before but this novel was a whole new experience. It does take time and persistence … and then comes the challenge of finding a publisher; and self-doubt is a constant companion. But, it’s done … and now I wonder if anyone will read it … and so on. Your kinds words are greatly appreciated.

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    1. Thanks for the interest, Kate. Your enquiry reminded me that I needed to put “Available for Purchase” details on my website (I’m only 8 months overdue on that; I’m not much of a marketer!!!). Not available on Google Play (as far as I know) but here are the other options:
      Available for purchase in hard copy from
      Selected bookshops

      and in e-copy from


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