- Winner of the 2018 Northern Book Prize
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Times Literary Supplement
‘With the coiled compactness and intensity of a short story, Slip of a Fish is a strange and original novel.’
'Original, ambitious and challenging'
‘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.’
‘[an] absorbing' debut…an impressive portrait of motherhood, loss and fragility.'
‘…few novels achieve the delicate shimmer Arnold's poetic prose evokes in the mind – a cool-warm, unsettling and very beautiful new voice.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
'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. '
'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.’