Getting the Picture

Getting The Picture astutely probes the quotidian eeriness of that other planet that is old age and a life recollected. Marvelous.’ William Gibson

‘The best novels seduce the reader, so allow the wonderful chorus of voices in Sarah Salway’s Getting The Picture to do just that. Let them whisper secrets, plans and mysteries; of the past, of the present. Let their possible futures come into focus for a celebratory final picture. This novel is uplifting, sinister and beautiful.’ Tiffany Murray

My latest novel is Getting the Picture, published by the Dean Street Press. It tells the story of a group of old people living in a care home in England and what happens when memories of old love surface. And when someone comes to live in the care home whose motives are not entirely pure. Publishers Weekly said of it: “Salway’s appreciation of her characters is refreshingly nonpatronizing—her oldsters have rich and naughty pasts, but live in the present, very much alive and eager to gossip, conspire, and seduce.” This was exactly how I intended the book to be read, so I’m even more happy that the book was a bestseller in the Amazon ageing category for several weeks. As William Gibson calls it, ‘the quotidian eeriness of that other planet that is old age,’ is one I’m increasingly invested in!

Tell Me Everything

Tell Me Everything is probably my most ‘marmite’ novel. I will admit Molly’s story isn’t an easy one – and was inspired by a group of adolescent girls I was working with, and my own need to find some kind of happy ending for them.

‘I galloped through this – couldn’t stop once I’d started … Molly has such a strong and original voice, the writing’s so spare and yet the message so complex … spiky, sparky, pithy and deep’ Kate Long

‘An ambush of a novel: characters who engage and then promptly pull the rug out from under your feet, plus enough wit and insight for two novels’ Michelle Lovric

‘Sarah does something quite rare, I think, which is to write engagingly (even grippingly) about the emotions, but in a way which is formally experimental, often quite daring…however dark she becomes the material is always handled with such a light touch, and is never predictable, always inventive’ Andrew Cowan

Something Beginning With

‘Both hilarious and heart-warming – and it’s transformed into something even more original and captivating by the novel’s unlikely obsession with the alphabet.’ Red Magazine

‘Verity Bell is a very odd young woman, and this delightfully original novel catalogues her worries and weird flight of fancy … Charming and darkly funny.’ Marie Claire

‘A charming, sweet and strange book.’ Image

‘A real treat.’ Sainsbury’s Magazine

Something Beginning With was my first novel, and most experimental in its form. It takes the alphabet as its spine, and there are several entries for each letter. Here is an extract. If you have a microscope you may just be able to read it…