'A major new talent' - Independent on Sunday
'A writer touched by greatness' - Joseph O'Connor
A Line Made by Walking, the successor of the critically acclaimed Spill Simmer Falter Wither, is a beautiful and elegant novel by an author whose empathy shines a bright, piercing light on the heart-breaking realities of being alive.
Struggling to cope with urban life - and with life in general - Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to the rural bungalow on 'turbine hill' that has been vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by nature, that she hopes to regain her footing in art and life. She spends her days pretending to read, half-listening to the radio, failing to muster the energy needed to leave the safety of her haven. Her family comes and goes, until they don't and she is left alone to contemplate the path that led her here, and the smell of the carpet that started it all.
Finding little comfort in human interaction, Frankie turns her camera lens on the natural world and its reassuring cycle of life and death. What emerges is a profound meditation on the interconnectedness of wilderness, art and individual experience, and a powerful exploration of human frailty.
Praise for Spill Simmer Falter Wither
'Exquisite ... Extraordinary ... It is the most powerful debut novel I have read in several years .. An outstanding new Irish novelist.' - Joseph O'Connor
'This book is like a flame in daylight: beautiful and unexpected.' - Anne Enright
'Unbearably poignant and beautifully told.' - Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
'An exceptional, startling and original book.' - Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins
'A deft and moving debut ... The book hums with its own distinctiveness.' - Guardian
'Extraordinary ... Impressive ... A heartbreaking read.' - Independent on Sunday
'Dazzlingly sharp ... A carefully crafted, compassionate tale.' - Sunday Times
'Poetic, delicate and inventive.' - The Times
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