Is out today in the UK, published by the excellent And Other Stories. To celebrate publication, I'll be reading at The Review Bookshop in Peckham on 18th March, and Waterstones Islington on 24th March. If you're around, please come.
Here are some reviews of the UK edition:
The Guardian: "Beautifully simple and unembellished, Walsh’s writing – most captivating in its ability to unnerve – is cleverly revealing."
Stylist Most Gripping New Reads: "I... would highly recommend making time in your life to be exhilarated by Vertigo."
Ruby Cowling in Writing Disorder: "Walsh states a truth and kicks it around – no box, no lid, no tethering it to reassuring elements such as softly-introduced character or plot. Because she pulls no punches in her stories – simply stating facts, observing behaviours and honestly presenting the kind of psychic darkness that usually gets fudged – the peculiar is made powerfully universal."
Sydney Review of Books: " Vertigo is a slim but deadly volume... In Vertigo, one marvels at times not at the craft nor the prose nor even the book’s intellection – though all are present in quantities rare for the often feverishly anti-intellectual bent of much contemporary fiction – but the voice. Voice. Something that unnerves. Something – a presence – that if too much time is granted it will only unsettles us further."
The Literary Review: "These icy soliloquies of disenchanted womanhood tear up the familiar soft furnishings of fictional narrative... The opening lines declare that ‘the right teller can make any tale ... Listen to me carefully: I am not the right teller.’ At first I wondered if it was an expression of insecurity, a warning or just an upturned middle finger; later I felt it was probably all three."
The New Statesman: "Walsh is a sublimely elegant writer... Vertigo is artful, intelligent – and elegant above all else."
The Lonesome Reader: "This is a strikingly original, thoughtful and creatively executed book."
Annethology: "The openings especially... left me dizzy, gasping for breath in their originality, and the evocation of the anxiety underlying the commonplace had me nodding in recognition."
3:AM Magazine: "Vertigo washes over you with quietly astounding force, leaving you haunted by its precarious beauty... it is this feeling of an overabundance of life which is achingly close, but which you can’t quite bear to reach out and touch which Vertigo expresses so beautifully, and which gives it such a haunting power."
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