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Spill Simmer Falter Wither

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Published by Tramp Press in 2015.

You find me on a Tuesday, on my Tuesday trip to town. You're sellotaped to the inside pane of the jumble shop window. A photograph of your mangled face and underneath an appeal for a COMPASSIONATE AND TOLERANT OWNER. A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER PETS & WITHOUT CHILDREN UNDER FOUR.

When an eccentric loner adopts a mutilated mongrel dog, the animal becomes the first companion the man has known in his fifty-seven years. Raised by his now deceased father, he fears the outside world and the other inhabitants of his unnamed Irish seaside town. Aware of his ‘strangeness’, he has little interaction with other people. When One Eye attacks another dog, our narrator goes to further extemes to avoid contact with other humans and eventually has to go on the run to prevent the authorities from taking the dog.

The book portrays the pain, paranoia and utter loneliness experienced by this man who is starved of human contact and the bond that develops between this outcast man and his outcast dog. Addressing the reader through the dog, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a moving, memorable and unique book depicting the isolation of a life lived on the outside.

‘This book is a stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness. It is the most powerful debut novel I have read in several years.’ Joseph O’Connor The Irish Times

‘Ambitious and impressive . . . Baume’s engaging, intriguing and brightly original first novel may mark a comparably significant debut.’ Times Literary Supplement

Sara Baume was born in Lancashire in England and grew up in County Cork. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award for her story ‘Solesearcher1’. Baume has been named Hennessy New Irish Writer 2015.