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Sarah Salway

Sarah Salway is a poet, novelist and journalist based in Kent. A former Canterbury Laureate and RLF Fellow at the LSE, she is the author of three novels, including Something Beginning With (Bloomsbury), one collection of short stories and two poetry collections. Sarah currently runs a reading group for the Royal Literary Fund and teaches creative writing in the community.

Her first collection of flash fiction, Not Sorry, was published by Valley Press in October 2021.


Not Sorry

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“Sarah Salway is an astonishingly smart writer. Her fiction is always beautifully structured, touching and clever. She manages the trick of creating characters you care about in stories you admire.”
— Neil Gaiman

A man tries to bury his wife and marry his young mistress in the same ceremony. Astrologers rejoice when the government decides to cancel April and May. A new lover purchased online arrives pre-programmed with unappealing habits. And a wife buys her husband an unusual gift – a new heart.

Incisive, smart, funny and fearless – Sarah Salway makes every word count. Her very short stories capture a whole world of fantasy and ordinariness in as little as a single paragraph. Written with passion and biting wit, these taut tales are ambitious, often deliciously dark, and always deeply human.

Find out more about the book, and see Sarah reading from it, on the author's blog here.

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