Liquorice Fish Books: Publications
We've got an exciting series of releases lined up over the next six months or so, plus more books in preparation for follow that. And, don't forget our back-list, where you'll find some extraordinary and individual voices.
The Humble Family Interviews
This debut poetry collection from Nigel Hutchinson (runner-up in our first competition and a student in the LF/B mentoring programme) bristles with invention and humanity. Dry, witty, often poignant and always well-observed, the book explores the lives of those people who lived and grew-up on post-war housing estates, any one of those liminal everywheres that was neither Middle Class nor Working Class but somewhere in between, places filled with aspiration that was not often realised. Looking at love, the process of getting through another day not substantially different to the last, or the next, and the dreams that sometimes help that process, this is a gripping debut from an individualistic voice.
This is the End of the Story
Belief is Cassie's gift, so much so that she believes herself to be whoever those in her life tell her she is — Cassie, Kat, Kitty, even Casilda, an 11th century Muslim princess from Toledo. Caught in a labyrinth of friendship, hope and obligation, Cassie must ultimately decide which identity is her's alone.
From author, poet and Cinnamon Press-founder, Jan Fortune, this beautifully lean and immersive short novel, in the tradition of Don Quixote, explores how one person might support the fantasy life of another. Set in the English North East during the mid-1970s, and the beautiful Spanish city of Toledo, this is book as delicate as it is poetic as it is innovative — a fabulous addition to the Liquorice Fish Books catalogue, described by one reviewer as incredible … one of the finest examples of experimental contemporary fiction I have read.
What rain taught us
A mind fractures into a landscape of association and invention in which images and voices tumble, sparking associations that themselves flip and fragment. There's a joy to this giddy slide, but will it end and what could come afterwards?
Combining graphics and concrete forms, Gail Ashton (editor of Meet Me There and author of Ghost Songs and The Other Side of Glass) has written a collection that is a brave and frank look at mental illness and the fragility of what we laughingly call "reality".
What Lies Within
Combining the winners of our "lies we tell ourselves" competition (Jean Harrison, Nigel Hutchinson, Jane Lovell, Joanne Stryker and David Mark Williams) and new pieces by Jan Fortune, Patricia Debney, Jez Noond, Donna Kirstein, Ashley Lloyd Smith, Judy Kendall, Pete Marshall, and Jane Monson (and LF/B editor Adam Craig), What Lies Within offers unexpected routes through the worlds of truth and lies each one of us weaves each day.
The first collection from a young British-born, Zimbabwean-raised writer, this pamphlet explores what it feels like to come to a country both familiar and alien, and the dislocation of crossing the Equator. Personal, exploratory, and deeply-felt, this is a promising debut of a new voice.
Looking back at a fraught, fragmented relationship with a mother, the narrator discovers that, despite everything, love still exists. Baby, by Patricia Debney, is a searing, deeply disturbing work, filled with pain and anger and yet, ultimately, it finds that blood can be thicker than water.
When all the fire has gone and there's nothing but stuff left, how do you find the will to keep going …?
From short story writer and novelist Charlie Hill (author of the widely-praised novels The Space Between Things and Books), Stuff tackles the emptiness of Consumerism and the essential meaninglessness of British culture at the beginning of the 21st Century. Dark and sometimes bleak, this novella is also very funny, acutely observed and brilliantly written — as Alison Moore observes, Stuff is: "sensitive, evocative and touching … leads the reader to a brink".
Not to be missed
Via Negativa — A Parable of Exile
This stunning, miasmatic debut novella by Omar Sabbagh. Yusuf is an inveterate observer of his native Beirut, "city of whores and city of dames": wandering, watching its bustle from a bar stool. But when one of his most promising students allows him to see several unfinished stories, Yusuf finds his life’s drift is about to hit rough water …
A few copies left …
Our first publication, Lost Voices, showcases 8 distinct voices — poignant, raw, tender, disturbing, sympathetic, unsettling, but always compelling, these are voices not to be ignored.
Drawn from the winning entries of our first competition, Lost Voices features writing by Estill Pollock, David Mark Williams, Joan Michelson, Alexa Radcliffe-Hart, Lorraine Coverley, Judit Hollós, Josh Ekroy, and Soren Lundi.