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 & TOLERANT OWNER,
A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER PETS & WITHOUT CHILDREN UNDER FOUR.
Springtime, and two misfits – one an eccentric loner and the other a one-eyed dog – forge an unlikely relationship. In a tired seaside town, these outcasts find solace in each other. But as their friendship grows, they are driven away by a community that perceives menace where there is only mishap.
Part Kjersti Skomsvold, part Patrick McCabe, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a wholly different kind of love story, that spans the four seasons echoed in the novel’s title. Written with tremendous empathy and insight, Baume’s debut captures the incremental destructive essence of loneliness, and confirms the talent so emphatically acknowledged by the Davy Byrnes Award jury.
‘The writing is superb … I had an image of all of language standing to attention, eager to serve this writer’ Mary Costello
‘An important and quite brilliant new Irish writing talent’ Irish Independent
Tramp wishes to engage the best practices of traditional publishers – to create lasting editorial relationships with authors in order to support their life’s work, and to provide long-term support and essential criticism, while also employing the opportunities that digital tools provide to publish both in print and online. And the founders have the credentials to do just that – Sarah received her MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 and has since gained experience in a variety of publishing environments in London, New York and Dublin, including The Lilliput Press in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Particular successes include the discovery of Donal Ryan, who was long listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Guardian First Book Award.
Having worked in Hot Press magazine’s production department for a few years, Lisa returned to college to complete an M.Phil in Anglo-Irish literature and then embarked on a PhD, while she also worked as a freelance editor. Upon finishing her PhD Lisa worked for a while for The Lilliput Press, where she met Sarah. She then went on to work in business publishing.
Sarah explained, “We’re extremely ambitious for all of our titles, and authors, and it’s with that in mind that we have set up a UK team to ensure our books are distributed and sold here, and Spill Simmer Falter Wither is also a client of the powerhouse that is FMcM PR. The UK can certainly expect to be seeing much more of us!”
(c) Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin