“A beautifully written debut. Sarah Jane Butler explores the challenges of treading lightly in this modern world, the power of community and the process of recovering from difficult mothering.”
    Katherine May, author of Wintering
  • by Sarah Jane Butler

    Starling can trap a rabbit, cook a meal from a hedge and hear a bailiff coming from a mile off. All she has ever known is a nomadic existence, travelling in a converted van with Mar, her strong-willed mother.

    But Mar has cut them off from their community, and this winter they’re stuck in deep mud in a wood, with no fuel, no money and no friends. One morning, without explanation, Mar leaves and doesn’t come back.

    Utterly alone, Starling must learn to survive without her mother and built a life on her own terms. An offer to stay with an old friend draws her into a more conventional way of living – but can rootless Starling ever find a place where she truly belongs?


    Hardback publication date: 29 September 2022

    Publisher: Fairlight Books

    ISBN: 9781914148170

    RRP: £14.99

    Extent: 256 pages


    Paperback publication date: 27 July 2023