This week's release: 'SaltWater'


Short stories are self-contained universes, transporting us instantly to imagined other worlds, moving and surprising us. Set against the effervescent, majestic backdrop of the sea, SaltWater is a gorgeous debut collection of short stories from highly acclaimed author Lane Ashfeldt.

 “With crystalline prose, sentence by neat sentence, Lane Ashfeldt tells her stories of love, wavering trust and loss. The sea shimmers through SaltWater, as threatening and beautiful as many of the characters who walk the pages. A gorgeous collection by a bright talent.” Nuala Ní Chonchúir.

SaltWater is a book of short fiction inspired by the sea, by award-winning fiction writer Lane Ashfeldt. The diverse stories gathered here include takes that unfold now or in the past, along rural or urban coasts, and are set in a range of countries from Ireland to as far away as New Zealand. Some of them are fast-paced while others beat to gentler rhythms - but what they share in common, besides their link to the sea, is that they are original new narratives vibrantly brought to life. Like the sea itself, SaltWater is by turns dark and foreboding, at other times life affirming and hopeful. A powerful, arresting collection from a voice we can expect to hear more from in the future.

Piqued your interest? Why not come along to the launch on Thursday 3 April - everybody welcome!

Join us at the The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar, where Bob Johnston and co. will be hosting our launch of Lane Ashfeldt’s book on Thursday 3 April at 6.30pm, with an introduction from esteemed author June Considine. Lane will read from her 'deeply impressive and evocative' collection. No doubt wine will be consumed and conversations had too, making for a very pleasant evening all round.

If you would like to come along to the event then please RSVP to or call us on +353 (0)1 405 5741.  

Don't forget that if you want a copy of SaltWater but can't manage to get to the launch you will be able to pick up a copy at Liberties Upstairs or online on our website here. Happy reading!