Celebrating 20 Years of Salt
with Andrew Cowan, S.A. Harris, Andrew McDonnell and Simon Okotie
We take enormous pleasure in celebrating 20 years of Salt Publishing, one of the UK foremost independent publishers based in Cromer, Norfolk. Join us for the launch of four highly-anticipated titles; Your Fault by Andrew Cowan, Haverscroft by S.A. Harris, The Somnambulist Cookbook by Andrew McDonnell and After Absalon by Simon Okotie.
Your Fault by Andrew Cowan
Set in a 1960s English new town, Your Fault charts one boy’s childhood from first memory to first love. A year older in each chapter, Peter’s story is told to him by his future self as he attempts to recreate the optimism and futurism of the 1960s, and to reveal how that utopianism fares as it emerges into the Seventies. It’s an untold story of British working class experience, written with extraordinary precision and tenderness. Find out more
‘Beautifully crafted, unsettling and vivid’ – Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing
Haverscroft by S.A. Harris
Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage? Haverscroft is a gripping and chilling dark tale, a modern ghost story that will keep you turning its pages late into the night. Find out more
The Somnambulist Cookbook by Andrew McDonnell
Lyrical and at times unsettling, The Somnambulist Cookbook explores the quality of disappearance, slowly breaking down as the poems swing from rogue sonnets to fractured prose poems, reminiscent of Larkin, but if he had gone abroad and listened to Pavement rather than jazz. These are poems which haunt the margins of who and what we are, searching for something that has left only a trace on the barbed wire of our nerves. Find out more
After Absalon by Simon Okotie
The story of a man walking down a ramp, After Absalon is the culmination of Simon Okotie’s extraordinary trilogy of novels. Marguerite, a down-at-heel detective, is on the trail of Harold Absalon, the Mayor’s transport advisor, who is missing presumed dead. Encountering a woman in a tight-fitting pinstriped suit entering a pedestrian underpass, he decides to follow her. Pursued in turn, and seemingly losing his mind, the choice he faces is impossible yet unavoidable: does he bring his investigation to a successful conclusion and risk befalling the same fate as Harold Absalon? Find out more
About the authors
Andrew Cowan was born in Corby, Northamptonshire in 1960, and studied at the University of East Anglia, where he is now Director of Creative Writing and teaches on the Creative Writing MA.
His acclaimed first novel, Pig (1994), won a Betty Trask Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, The Authors’ Club First Novel Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award. He is also the author of Common Ground (1996), Crustaceans (2000) What I Know (2005),The Art of Writing Fiction (2011) and Worthless Men (2013). Your Fault is his latest novel.
‘An exceptional work of fiction.’ – Naomi Wood
‘Worthless Men by Andrew Cowan – review’ – (The Guardian, 2013)
S. A. Harris won The Retreat West Crime Writer Competition in 2017, and was shortlisted for Shortlisted for The Fresher Prize in 2018. Haverscroft is her debut novel. She is now writing her second, a supernatural tale set on the Suffolk coast. She is a family law solicitor and lives in Norwich with her husband and three children.
Andrew McDonnell is a poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals such as Poetry London and Ink, Sweat and Tears. He performs his work with the multi-instrumental My Dark Aunt and is obsessed with the Tour de France. He is currently a director with Gatehouse Press.
Simon Okotie was born in east London to Nigerian/English parents, and grew up in Norfolk. His debut novel, Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon?, was inspired by a black man, known as Marigold, who was often seen in Norwich during the ‘80s unofficially directing traffic on the inner ring road wearing yellow rubber gloves. Its sequel, In the Absence of Absalon, was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize and was Nicholas Lezard’s choice in The Guardian.
‘Superbly, once you assent to the novel’s premise, that virtually nothing is going to “happen”, you are in on the joke – and yet you find yourself thinking rather a lot about the joke, at the same time as you enjoy it.’ – Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
‘In the Absence of Absalon by Simon Okotie review – delighting in digression’ – (The Guardian, 2017)
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