Happy publication day to Danielle McLaughlin and her debut novel, The Art of Falling. Danielle, who was shortlisted for the 2012 and 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize, has been receiving widespread praise for the book: Roddy Doyle calls it “a gripping novel and a sharp, entertaining examination of the nature of art and its power to inspire and corrupt”, while John Self reviewing the novel in The Times, says: “if The Art of Falling doesn’t make a prize shortlist or two this year, we should riot”.
The novel is set in the art world and Danielle’s publisher (John Murray) have this intriguing synopsis on their website: “Nessa McCormack’s marriage is coming back together again after her husband’s affair. She is excited to be in charge of a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland’s most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds: a chance encounter with an old friend threatens to expose a betrayal Nessa thought she had long put behind her, and at work, an odd woman comes forward claiming to be the true creator of Robert Locke’s most famous work, The Chalk Sculpture.
“As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie – or whether she’s ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open.”
Congratulations to Danielle and we wish her huge success with the novel and hope it gains her numerous new readers.
Danielle McLaughlin was shortlisted for the 2012 and 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize and published in our Volume 5 and Volume 7 anthologies, which can be ordered from Tangent Books, here: https://www.tangentbooks.co.uk/shop?category=Bristol+Short+Story+Prize