Melanie White

Ars Longueur, Vita Brevis

A Line Made by Walking


William Heinemann 308pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

Sara Baume’s A Line Made by Walking is a novel formed by meandering, two steps forward and one step back, over the same small patch of Irish earth. Its aimless artist-heroine, Frankie, retreats to her late grandmother’s bungalow in a state of existential despair. The bungalow, in the remote countryside, ‘shimmered with healing potential’, and so Frankie squirrels herself away to press her cheek into the musty carpet, contemplate dust mites and venture forth now and again to photograph roadkill.

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