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UK Publisher: Jonathan Cape

London, 1985. Joe, father to eleven-year-old Matty, has disappeared, and nobody will explain where he’s gone, or why.

In the long, hot summer that follows, Matty’s hunt for Joe leads to the ponds at Hampstead Heath. Beneath the water, there is a new kind of freedom. Above the water, a welcoming community of men offer refuge from an increasingly rocky home life.

Fourteen years later, a new revelation sees Matty set off alone in a campervan, driving westwards through Ireland, swimming its wild loughs and following the scant clues left behind about Joe. The trip takes a dangerous turn, and Matty is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers. But safety comes at a price, and with desire and fear running high, the journey turns into an explosive, heart-rending reckoning with the past.

Skin is inventive, compelling and deeply moving – a novel of loss and recovery, of wild swimming and identity from a rising star of British fiction.


‘Kerry Andrew is that rare thing, a natural storyteller with one of those quietly confident voices that takes you by the cuff and leads you down unexpected passages. In the finest tradition of quest tales, Skin’s protagonist sets out in search of one thing and ends by discovering quite another and both they and the reader grow a little as a result’ PATRICK GALE

‘A gorgeous folkloric novel of water and’s a rare thing to see folklore woven into beautiful, tender human reality with such delicacy and skill.’ Zoe Gilbert author of FOLK

Andrew’s wonderful second novel is the deeply involving story of a difficult childhood, a search for a long-missing parent, how we view our bodies and the secrets we keep even from those who know us best. — 75 Books for 2021 ― i Newspaper

A gloriously raw and watery adventure, fraught with fluidity, teen-angst and identity; an update of Ovid’s transformations and Catcher in the Rye, re-gendered in the Hampstead ponds and the deeper waters, far beyond… ― Philip Hoare

Andrew’s wonderful second novel is a deeply involving story of a difficult childhood. — Sarah Hughes ― i, *Books to Look Out For 2021*

Kerry Andrew is a London-based musician, and author. Their debut novel, Swansong, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2018 and...