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Some call it the Fainting Game, others Indian Headrush – but it’s all the rage amongst the girls of Class 2B. “It makes you go all rushy. You feel like you’re falling into a dream.”
This is the story of Esther, who lives in the Pennines with her father. Esther is obsessed with experimenting with different ways to pass out: from snorting Daz powder at school to attempted autoasphyxiation in a serviced apartment in north London. But what happens when you take something too far? And what has Esther’s mother, a beautiful dancer wasting away in her bedroom, to do with it all?
The Lost Art of Sinking is a dark comedy about losing yourself. Sensual, funny and exquisitely written, this bold novella introduces a fresh new literary voice in Naomi Booth.
Naomi Booth’s lyrical and witty novella, The Lost Art of Sinking, could be the next big thing… Beautifully written with bursts of crisp poetic monologue and deadpan humour, the novella shows unusual talent. Naomi Booth is a name to watch.
A short, absorbing read about losing yourself that packs a compelling punch.
A beautiful and haunting journey … exquisitely written, evoking, sensual and all encompassing – once I started to read I didn’t stop.
Arabella Fawley, Jade the Obscure
Anna Roberts, Books for the Trees
Rich, layered and so utterly stunning.
Eleanor Baggley, Lit Nerd
Breathtakingly poetic … This is a book to which I will return over the years.
A complex, deeply psychological novella.
Bethany W Pope, Sabotage
Naomi Booth’s top 10 literary swoons The Guardian
Swoon: the cultural history of an ecstatic phenomenon Prospect Magazine
Giddy heights of research translate into fiction: Times Higher Education
Naomi Booth talks to Ian McMillan The Verb, BBC Radio 3
Naomi Booth’s The Lost Art of Sinking is beautifully written, funny, mischievous and touching. A deeply engaging dramatisation of the strange ‘art’ of fainting, swooning, passing out, it also has what very few contemporary works of fiction have – an arresting, self-assured and compelling narrative voice.
A mysterious and otherworldly piece of writing – one that contains both the lavishly gothic and the familiar and domestic.
Cover design by Ben Anslow
Published 1 June 2015
beautifully written, funny, mischievous and touching
Naomi Booth grew up in West Yorkshire. She read English at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. Her short fiction has been published as part of Myriad Editions’ Quick Fictions series. Her critical work has been published in New Formations and Textual Practice, and she is currently working on a monograph about swooning. Naomi lives in York and is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at York St John University.