For several months I've entertained the thought that I wanted to see again the film adaptation of Graham Swift's novel, Waterland, (1992), set in the English Fenlands. I don't know why. I am pretty sure that I saw the film, starring Jeremy Irons, on the big screen when it came out.
On my desk at work is a pad of paper where I had jotted a title that looked interesting to me, Death Wore White, by Jim Kelly, a British police procedural.
I was almost finished with The Things They Carried, and I needed something else for the weekend. I saw that Kelly had begun his writing career with a series featuring a newspaperman, Philip Dryden. I borrowed Kelly's first novel, The Water Clock. It was only after I began to read it today that I realized it was set in the Fenlands, in the area around the town of Ely in Cambridgeshire.
In the novel, Dryden covers the opening, attended by local dignitaries, of a brewery in Ely that has been converted into a cinema and restaurant complex. The inaugural film? Waterland.
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