My Books

This page is a list of my books which you can buy on-line and through order at most bookshops. If you do, THANK YOU, I really appreciate the support. But I also wanted to add something more personal… if you would like me to sign a copy of one of my books with a personalised inscription, then I can send you it directly. Or more – maybe you’d like to buy them all! We can do this via one of the paypal buttons below, or contact me at, and I’ll be happy to do this for you. Please note that at the moment these prices included UK Postage and Packing only, email me directly if you would like one sent overseas.

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“This is energetic writing, ripe with menace and wit.”- The Stinging Fly

GETTING THE PICTURE, a novel told mostly in letters.


‘Do you remember that first time we met? It was in the old studio in Brunson Road. How much did we miss, love, by not being together?’
In the early 1960s, Maureen Griffiths, married with children, accompanies a friend to a modelling shoot, never intending to be in front of the camera herself. But after meeting photographer Martin Morris, Maureen is transformed – and Martin quickly falls for her.
It is forty years later. Shortly after Maureen’s death, Martin moves into Pilgrim House, a retirement home, in part because Maureen’s husband, George, is also a resident there. Through the letters he continues to write to Maureen, Martin reveals a lifetime of tireless devotion to his one true love. He is also determined to figure out why she stayed with her difficult, demanding husband. So with the aid of some of the colourful residents of Pilgrim House, Martin delves into the secrets of Maureen’s family and becomes increasingly entwined in the complicated life that Maureen built to shield herself.
Told through letters, emails, and other missives, Getting The Picture is an irresistible, funny and deeply moving novel of family secrets, regrets, and abiding love, with all the author’s sly wit and powers of observation on full display.

‘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

‘One of the smartest, wittiest writers of present times, and I recommend anything by her. Getting The Picture is just great. I couldn’t get through a page without smiling or laughing aloud… there is one photography session where an old man and woman meet with a camera between them that is riveting; Salway adds layers to it in the retelling, so that the poignancy of the event overtakes the humor. I can’t stop thinking about the state of mind of the 79 year old woman who lowers her shirt for the camera. All these old people still want to be seen, and to reveal themselves. Salway is a wonder at detail – small moments from all her books are permanently embedded in my mind. Don’t know how she does it, but it’s marvelous.’ ALICE ELLIOTT DARK



In Digging up Paradise, Sarah Salway takes us on a tour of the Garden of England, from mermaids’ palaces in Margate Shell Grotto to garden pianos at Finchcocks. By way of journal entries, letters, poems and photographs, Salway charts the gardens’ physical selves, the sensations they conjure, the memories they stir up and glimpses of history. A reminder that sometimes all we need is to relearn how to look at a garden.

“On this poet’s garden tour, Sarah Salway writes of the gardens’ physical selves, of course, but also of the sensations they conjure, the memories they stir up and the glimpses of history that colour her perception. Each description is rich, layered, personal and moving. It is more like the way we all experience gardens than any garden writing I have come across. I read this book sometimes with a silly smile on my face, sometimes gripped and anxious, often with a tingle running down my spine. Sarah’s poetry has always moved me, and now she writes about my favourite subject, gardens. How lucky we gardeners are to have her in our midst. This could not be a lovelier book.” LIA LEENDERTZ

“An intimate and imaginative tour of 26 gardens in Kent..” Gardens Illustrated

“An Eden of a book.” London Grip


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‘Sexy and tragic – my favourite combination’ WILL HERMES, Rolling stone magazine

‘Bankers burn stocks for fuel, Icarus’s sister goes shopping, a muse talks back and God plays a prank on the world’s backsides. There are poems here that, with uncanny insights and a keen wit, expose the workings of the family, bearing witness not only to our triumphs but to what fails to sustain us.’



Verity Bell has very big eyes, alphabetical leanings and a look that says she’d like to get inside your brain somehow. Or so her best friend Sally tells her, confessing that back at their school, most children thought she was a witch. Sally, a fellow only-child to whom Verity has been glued since girlhood, has become a worry in her twenties because she has actually allowed a married man to set her up in a flat to be his mistress. Verity sees no correlation whatsoever between this retrograde and fairly shocking love-nest and her own transforming passion for a married man called John, who surely yearns to leave his wife and three children to be with her. Doesn’t he? Verity lives in a world of her own and we glimpse her grudges (from ‘ants’ to the ‘zeitgeist’), her personal development (from ‘ambition’ to ‘wobbling’) and her idiosyncratic network of obsessions (pick a letter, any letter) in a narrative arranged alphabetically by topics in the most curious and satisfying way.

“Verity Bell is a very odd young woman, and this delightfully original novel catalogues her worries and weird flights of fancy, arranged in alphabetical order… Charming and darkly funny.” – Marie Claire

“Salway has stitched together a delightful, original novel that both guides you and makes you search yourself. The novel explores love and work, friendship and family, how people are connected – or disconnected – in various structures and the extent to which we can restructure our lives, keep making new beginnings.” – Mslexia


There are moments when you really can stop time. Make a decision to go one way, and not the other. There’s just a sense, a prickle on the skin, that tells you you’re at the crossroads. But it’s only when you’re too far along to change direction that you realise you ever had a choice. She didn’t mean to tell the story, or have it end that way. She just got a little carried away. It has been several years since she confided in a teacher, but Molly Drayton is still feeling the aftershocks. When a chance meeting with a stranger leads to an offer of a room in exchange for telling her stories, she jumps at the chance. Slowly she builds a new, eccentric family around herself: Tim, her secretive boyfriend, who just might be a spy; Miranda, the lovelorn hairstylist; Liz, the lusty librarian; Mr. Roberts, landlord and listener; and his French wife, Mrs. Roberts. Much to Molly’s surprise, she finds the stories she tells now are her key to creating a completely different life. Suddenly, her future is full of endless possibilities. The trouble is, Molly’s not the only one telling tales. And the truth is always stranger than fiction. Sarah Salway’s witty, finely-tuned and poignant story of many stories is a uniquely entrancing chronicle.

“I galloped through this … couldn’t stop once I’d started … spiky, sparky, pithy and deep” Kate Long, author of The Bad Mother’s Handbook

“Tell Me Everything by Sarah Salway would have to win my best book of 2007 award, if I had one. This book is magnificent. I opened it last night and didn’t stop reading it until I had finished. The nearest voice I can think to compare Sarah Salway’s to is Lorrie Moore’s and coming from me that is a big compliment.” – Bookeywookey


A limited series of five postcards based on the classic Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a project I’ve been working on with the textile artist, Anne Kelly. You can find out more (and buy a set) by contacting me direct.


Secrets and their consequences run deep through Sarah Salway’s short stories in this haunting and sharply written collection. A bored housewife welcomes the nomadic painter of family pets into her home and commissions a portrait of her fridge; a schoolboy learns how to survive when his gang turns against him; a man’s life is turned around when he hears his wife make a new noise in bed, and in the title story, a dance between husband and wife at a school ceilidh turns into a battle for survival. This is domestic life turned on its head, with Salway’s witty and economic prose capturing the private moments of transformation by some very different characters on the edge.

“These short stories explore the often wavering borderland between love and boredom, sensuality and repression, fidelity and betrayal. They are written with a spare and subtle elegance.” – D M Thomas, author of The White Hotel

“Leading the Dance is a brilliant collection of short stories from the always excellent Sarah Salway.” – Authortrek

“Salway is fearless in her choice of subjects: she is good on contemporary themes of love, betrayal and twenty-first century isolation, as well as sensuality and violence…This is energetic writing, ripe with menace and wit.” – The Stinging Fly


MESSAGES is the result of an exciting writing collaboration between Lynne Rees and Sarah Salway. Ranging from moving to the playful, the themes of love, sex, life, death and chocolate all take their place in this unique book of 300 pieces of 300 words.

“It is a beautiful tome…fat and square and colourful and I have become addicted to a few entries every night. This is a gem of a book and I would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in something different to give it a go.” – Scott Pack



Chapters, poems and stories also appear in these books:

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SHORT CIRCUIT – A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (edited by Vanessa Gebbie)

WRITING WORKS (edited by Gillie Bolton, Victoria Field and Kate Thompson)



And there are stories to read online here:


Night Train

Gander Press

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