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Falling Animals by Sheila Armstrong – Book Event

17 August 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in No Alibis for an evening to celebrate the launch of Sheila’s acclaimed debut novel, Falling Animals, in conversation with Michael Magee.

About Falling Animals:

On an isolated beach set against a lonely, windswept coastline, a pale figure sits serenely against a sand dune staring out to sea. His hands are folded neatly in his lap, his ankles are crossed and there is a faint smile on his otherwise lifeless face.

Months later, after a fruitless investigation, the nameless stranger is buried in an unmarked grave. But the mystery of his life and death lingers on, drawing the nearby villagers into its wake. From strandings to shipwrecks, it is not the first time that strangeness has washed up on their shores.

Told through a chorus of voices, Falling Animals follows the crosshatching threads of lives both true and imagined, real and surreal, past and present. Slowly, over great time and distance, the story of one man, alone on a beach, begins to unravel. Elegiac and atmospheric, dark and disquieting, Sheila Armstrong’s debut novel marks her arrival as one of the most uniquely gifted writers at work in literary fiction today.

About the author:

Sheila Armstrong is a writer from the northwest of Ireland. She spent ten years in publishing and now works as a freelance editor. Her first collection of short stories, How To Gut A Fish, which was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, was published in 2022. Falling Animals is her debut novel.

While admission is free, is a ticketed event. To reserve a spot please use the link below.



17 August 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


No Alibis Bookstore


No Alibis Bookstore
83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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