Baume shows off longform talent to its fullest

1st February, 2015
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Sara Baume: vivid imagery throughout

Spill Simmer Falter Wither is narrated by a reclusive figure in his late fifties, a man who thinks himself “too old for starting over, too young for giving up.” A love of language is evident from the off, with his name introduced as a riddle: “The same word as for sun beams, as for winged and boneless sharks.”

Ray has grown up in the dark, a neglected child in his widowed...

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