Sep 22, 2021
How To Gut A Fish, a dazzling and disquieting collection of stories cover reveal, will be published by Bloomsbury Feb 22
Due in February 2022, How to Gut A Fish by Sheila Armstrong is a stunning debut collection from a strikingly original new voice in Irish fiction, these exquisitely provocative stories will carve their way into your mind.
On a boat offshore, a fisherman guts a mackerel as he anxiously awaits a midnight rendezvous.
Villagers, one by one, disappear into a sinkhole beneath a yew tree.
A nameless girl is taped, bound and put on display in a countryside market.
A man returning home following the death of his mother finds something disturbing among her personal effects.
“Armstrong’s short stories make tremendously good company, each one transported me to a place I’d never been before. Dark, devilishly well written and full of atmosphere, How to Gut a Fish is one of the most original and affecting short story collections I’ve read in years”
Jan Carson, Author Of The Fire Starters
“Do you know when you read a sentence that is so good, it does weird things to your insides? You kind of shudder with satisfaction and hope for more. Well, I am addicted to good sentences, and Sheila Armstrong is my dealer. The stories in How to Gut a Fish are gorgeously weird, inspiring curiosity both on and off the page. If you’re anything like me, they will send you into a fit of ferocious googling: What is star jelly? How old is the moon? The story titles are works of art in themselves. This is the good stuff. Hook it to my veins”
Louise Nealon, author of Snowflake
“I loved it. I found the stories completely hypnotic and strange. (Armstrong) has a meditative and mesmerising voice, and her description of everyday life is perceptive and profound”
Megan Bradbury, author of Everyone is Watching