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Amy Arnold

Slip of a Fish

Ash collects words, climbs trees and swims in a deserted lake with her beloved seven-year-old, Charlie. Bemused by everyday life, she has a rich and singular interior world. Over the course of a relentlessly hot summer, Charlie begins to pull away, and in a desperate attempt to reconnect with her daughter Ash does something unforgivable. As the gulf between them grows, Ash’s life begins to slip out of her hold.

Winner of the 2018 Northern Book Prize, Slip of a Fish is a joyously artful and quietly devastating portrait of motherhood, loss and love, in all its kaleidoscopic complexity

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  • Winner of the 2018 Northern Book Prize
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Print status: Available
Author: Amy Arnold
Original language: English
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date (UK): 1 November 2018
Publication date (US): 4 June 2019
ISBN: 9781911508526
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508533
Availability: World
Number of pages: 256


Stevie Davies
The Guardian

'Original, ambitious and challenging'

Rebecca Watson
White Review

‘Arnold’s impressive debut is strange and dexterous ... [she] has an ability to capture on the page a complex, obsessive mind without veering into pretention or convolution.’

Sarah Gilmartin
Irish Times

‘[an] absorbing' debut…an impressive portrait of motherhood, loss and fragility.'

The Skinny

‘…few novels achieve the delicate shimmer Arnold's poetic prose evokes in the mind – a cool-warm, unsettling and very beautiful new voice.’

Northern Soul

‘A fascinating portrait of motherhood, tackling themes of identity and love and loss, but makes no grand assumptions or assertions… a beautifully written novel, almost lyric in its cadence.’

Sheffield Telegraph

‘At its heart Slip of a Fish is a novel about the passage of time .. Nothing makes us face up [to time] more vividly than our growing children.’

Kirsty Gunn

'How many writers really attend to the quality of sentences when they make their fiction? To the heft and jiggle of words on a line? To the texture of phrasing, the fillip of some unexpected syntax or the steady rounds of sound? Not many. But here's one who does. '

Helen Mort

'A rich, linguistically dextrous portrait of how our inner and outer worlds collide. SLIP OF A FISH is a startling and inventive debut.'

Northern Book Prize Judges' Praise

‘A fearless test of empathy, a tender sounding of a mind long since overgrown, and a disturbingly sensual work with a prose that skitters, sinks, hooks, pulls, resists, and flips high in gorgeous blinding flashes, Slip of a Fish heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in English fiction.’