A Line Made by Walking
Shortlisted for the 2017 Goldsmiths Prize.
‘Here is a novel of uniqueness, wonder, recognition, poignancy, truth-speaking, quiet power, strange beauty and luminous bedazzlement. Once again, I’ve been Baumed.’ – Joseph O’Connor
‘When I finished Sara Baume’s new novel I immediately felt sad that I could not send it in the post to the late John Berger. He, too, would have loved it and found great joy in its honesty, its agility, its beauty, its invention. Baume is a writer of outstanding grace and style. She writes beyond the time we live in.’ – Colum McCann
‘I was hypnotised’ – Rick O’Shea
‘Unflinching, at times uncomfortable, and always utterly compelling, A Line Made By Walking is among the best accounts of grief, loneliness and depression that I have ever read.’ – Lucy Caldwell
‘Fascinating because of the cumulative power of the precise, pleasingly rhythmic sentences, and the unpredictable intelligence of the narrator’s mind.’ – The Guardian
Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Winner of the 2015 Newcomer of the Year Award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, longlisted for the Warwick Prize, winner of the Rooney Prize.
‘Utterly wonderful. It’s the most impressive debut novel I’ve read in years.’ Joseph O’Connor
‘The writing is superb … I had an image of all of language standing to attention, eager to serve this writer’ Mary Costello
‘An exceptional, startling, and original book’ Colin Barrett
‘Unbearably poignant and beautifully told’ Eimear McBride
‘Touching and weird and sometimes comical and sometimes heartbreaking’ Kjersti Skomsvold
‘An important and quite brilliant new Irish writing talent’ Irish Independent
‘An ambitious stylist with an astonishing eye for detail and a clear passion for language. But it is the beautifully measured control of plot and the authenticity of the narrative voice that most impresses’ Irish Examiner
‘A remarkable voice that grabs the reader early’ Sunday Business Post
Sara Baume Sara Baume’s work first appeared in newspapers and journals such as the Irish Times, the Guardian, The Stinging Fly and Granta. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award for ‘SoleSearcher1’, and went on to receive the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer in 2015. Her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Warwick Prize for Writing, the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. In autumn 2015, she was a participant in the International Writing Program run by the University of Iowa and received a Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew up in East Cork and now lives in West Cork.