Falling Animals | Paperback | By Sheila Armstrong

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  • Falling Animals
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Sheila Armstrong
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
  • Publication date: 25 May 2023
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction
  • Size: 21.6 x 13.5 x 1.9cm
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Falling Animals by Sheila Armstrong


The disquieting story of an unidentified man as told by those who crossed paths with him on the last day of his life, Sheila Armstrong's debut novel is haunting, lyrical and darkly suspenseful

On an isolated beach set against a lonely, windswept coastline, a pale figure sits serenely against a sand dune staring out to sea. His hands are folded neatly in his lap, his ankles are crossed and there is a faint smile on his otherwise lifeless face.

Months later, after a fruitless investigation, the nameless stranger is buried in an unmarked grave. But the mystery of his life and death lingers on, drawing the nearby villagers into its wake. From strandings to shipwrecks, it is not the first time that strangeness has washed up on their shores.

Told through a chorus of voices, Falling Animals follows the crosshatching threads of lives both true and imagined, real and surreal, past and present. Slowly, over great time and distance, the story of one man, alone on a beach, begins to unravel. Elegiac and atmospheric, dark and disquieting, Sheila Armstrong's debut novel marks her arrival as one of the most uniquely gifted writers at work in literary fiction today


'An immensely impressive debut from a major literary talent' JOSEPH O'CONNOR, author of Shadowplay

'Lush, lyrical and cleverly-constructed. A beautiful book.' Louise Kennedy, author of Trespasses

About the Author

Sheila Armstrong is a writer from the northwest of Ireland. She spent ten years in publishing and now works as a freelance editor. Her first collection of short stories, How To Gut A Fish, which was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize,
was published in 2022. Falling Animals is her debut novel.


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