Field Study | Rachel Seiffert | Granta Magazine

Field Study

Rachel Seiffert

‘The bushes grow dense across the top of the drop, but Martin can just see through the leaves: young mother and son, swimming in the pool hollowed out by the waterfall.’

Summer and the third day of Martin’s field study. Morning, and he is parked at the side of the track, looking out over the rye he will walk through shortly to reach the river. For two days he has been alone, gathering his mud and water samples, but not today.


Rachel Seiffert

Born in Oxford in 1971, Rachel Seiffert divides her time between teaching and writing. Her first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize and she has also received a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and an Internation PEN award for her work.

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