“A debut novel from a new young Irish writer is always exciting and this one is just brilliant! The story of one man and his dog – but not as you would ever heard before. Dark and mesmerizing, Baume’s use of language is extraordinary. A difficult but amazing novel!” Bob
“Once there was a dog that’d been through a lot and one day he bumped into a man who, likewise, hadn’t been spoiled by life. They became brave and adventurous together. Shockingly beautiful read, a bit on the sad side but a brilliant debut nonetheless.” Marta
You find me on a Tuesday, on my Tuesday trip to town. A note sellotaped to the inside of the jumble-shop window: COMPASSIONATE & TOLERANT OWNER. A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER 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 vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast – but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship of sorts.
As spring turns to summer, their relationship grows and intensifies, until a savage act forces them to abandon the precarious life they’d established, and take to the road. Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a wholly different kind of love story: a devastating portrait of loneliness, loss and friendship, and of the scars that are more than skin-deep. Written with tremendous empathy and insight, in lyrical language that surprises and delights, this is an extraordinary and heartbreaking debut by a major new talent.