Spill Simmer Falter Wither

By Sara Baume
Spill Simmer Falter Wither cover



A person without pets & without children under four. A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, 'too old for starting over, too young for giving up', and one eye, a little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved - but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship of sorts.

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"This book is like a flame in daylight: beautiful and unexpected. It packs a big effect for something that seems so slight, and almost hard to see." -- Anne Enright "A stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness. It is the most powerful debut novel I have read in several years ... An outstanding new Irish novelist." -- Joseph O'Connor "Unbearably poignant and beautifully told." -- Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing "At the foundations of the novel is the issue of what happens when a community fails those who need it most ... Baume turns the commonplace minutiae of changing seasons, thoughts and people into the remarkable." Sunday Times "Every so often a book comes along that is so perfect it takes your breath away, and leaves your heart hammering with the beauty of the writing and the sadness of the story. Sara Baume's debut, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, is such a book ... Baume's prose is full of wonder - inventive, poetic and dazzling, concerned with the smallest details of the natural landscape and the terrains of human emotion. Absolutely astounding." Psychologies

Author Biography

Sara Baume was born in Lancashire and grew up in Co. Cork. She studied fine art and creative writing and her short fiction has been published in journals such as The Stinging Fly magazine and the Dublin Review. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award and the 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. She now lives in Cork with her two dogs.