Sara Baume Shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize

A Line Made by Walking Shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize

Tramp Press is delighted to announce that Sara Baume’s A Line Made by Walking, published earlier this year, has been shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize.

Last year Tramp’s Mike McCormack won the prize for Solar Bones. Sara also joins the ranks of literary stars such as Howard Jacobson and Jim Crace, and previous winners Ali Smith, Eimear McBride and Kevin Barry.

The winner of the Goldsmiths Prize, worth £10,000, will be announced at a ceremony in London in November.

As always, you can pick up a copy here or in your local bookshop.

A LINE MADE BY WALKING 25-year-old Frankie is living in Dublin and working part-time in a public gallery. But increasingly anxious, she abruptly quits her bedsit to live in her deceased grandmother’s creaking house in rural Ireland, close to her family. With an artist’s gift for observation, Frankie recounts the beauty and the obliteration of the world as the seasons change around her, from roadkill to kitchen curios, all the while struggling to understand her place in it.

This tour-de-force follow-up to Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a celebration of the extraordinary in the everyday, and Baume’s prose elevates the ordinary and finds inspiration in the strange.


Sara Baume Sara Baume’s work first appeared in newspapers and journals such as the Irish Times, the GuardianThe Stinging Fly and Granta. She won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award for ‘SoleSearcher1’, and went on to receive the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer in 2015. Her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Warwick Prize for Writing, the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. In autumn 2015, she was a participant in the International Writing Program run by the University of Iowa and received a Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew up in East Cork and now lives in West Cork.

‘Here is a novel of uniqueness, wonder, recognition, poignancy, truth-speaking, quiet power, strange beauty and luminous bedazzlement. Once again, I’ve been Baumed.’ – Joseph O’Connor

‘When I finished Sara Baume’s new novel I immediately felt sad that I could not send it in the post to the late John Berger.  He, too, would have loved it and found great joy in its honesty, its agility, its beauty, its invention.  Baume is a writer of outstanding grace and style.  She writes beyond the time we live in.’ – Colum McCann

‘I was hypnotised’ – Rick O’Shea

‘Unflinching, at times uncomfortable, and always utterly compelling, A Line Made By Walking is among the best accounts of grief, loneliness and depression that I have ever read.’ – Lucy Caldwell

‘Fascinating because of the cumulative power of the precise, pleasingly rhythmic sentences, and the unpredictable intelligence of the narrator’s mind.’ – The Guardian

Praise for Spill Simmer Falter Wither

‘Utterly wonderful. It’s the most impressive debut novel I’ve read in years.’ Joseph O’Connor

‘Instils fear and wonder’ The Observer

‘An exceptional, startling, and original book’ Colin Barrett

 Tramp Press gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Arts Council.