A woman sees a ghost on a suburban street - of Carly, the dog she owned many years before, when her teenage son was a baby, and she was struggling to establish a new kind of connection with his archaeologist father. But it wasn't only the archaeologist who made a practice of digging. Following her dog's lead, she begins to make a journey of her own into the past, never suspecting just what is it she will find. With grace and sensitivity, Sara Dowse, the highly acclaimed author of Sapphires, tracks the dissolution of a difficult love. Digging is an elegant, complex novel about the elusiveness of memory, and the ways in which instinct and intellect do battle in our relationships with friends, lovers and family.