You find me on a Tuesday, on my Tuesday trip to town. A note
sellotaped to the inside of the jumble-shop window: COMPASSIONATE
& TOLERANT OWNER. A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER PETS & WITHOUT
CHILDREN UNDER FOUR. A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged
fifty-seven, ‘too old for starting over, too young for giving up’,
and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good
ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast – but
they quickly find in each other a strange companionship of sorts.
As spring turns to summer, their relationship grows and
intensifies, until a savage act forces them to abandon the
precarious life they’d established, and take to the road. Spill
Simmer Falter Wither is a wholly different kind of love story: a
devastating portrait of loneliness, loss and friendship, and of the
scars that are more than skin-deep. Written with tremendous empathy
and insight, in lyrical language that surprises and delights, this
is an extraordinary and heartbreaking debut by a major new talent.