Burnt and Found

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[Lowry] spent a decade working on In Ballast to the White Sea, but the draft was lost when his shack near Vancouver in Canada burned down in 1944. However, it has transpired that Lowry had given an early copy to his first wife’s mother.

Seventy years after the fire, In Ballast to the White Sea, British author Malcolm Lowry’s supposedly lost novel, has just been published. The earlier draft was found in 2001 after his mother-in-law’s death. Get all the details here.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →