Spill Simmer Falter Wither is the latest title to be picked by Ballymena Bookclub. Written by young Irish author Sara Baume this novel is touted as a wholly different kind of love story, that spans the four seasons echoed in the novel’s title. 

Ballymena Bookclub - Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Sara was born in Lancashire and grew up in Co. Cork. She studied Fine Art at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design before completing a Master’s in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin. Her short fiction has been published in The Dublin Review, The Moth, The Penny Dreadful, The Stinging Fly and the Irish Independentas part of the Hennessy New Irish Writing series. In 2014 she won the Davy Byrnes Award. She lives in Cork with her two dogs. (Source).

With an award already under her belt we are very excited about reading her latest work.


Last month the group had mixed feelings about Look Who’s Back by Time Vermes. Not sure if the translation from German conveyed the same wit as the origianl a few readers were left cold by this bestseller. Others however found it a great satirical look at modern society and fame. If you have read Look Who’s Back or are planning to read Spill Simmer Falter Wither then please feel free to join the Ballymena Book club which meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.00pm. Meet at Waterstones in Ballymena where you can meet the group and head out for a coffee and a chat.