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Launch: Amphibian by Christina Neuwirth

August 26 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Subject: LAUNCH: Amphibian by Christina Neuwirth
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 17:30
From: Lighthouse Bookshop & Speculative Books
To: Curious readers
CC: Jaded office workers of the world

Dear Reader,

Pick out your favourite tie and don your business socks for an all-staff meeting themed celebration of an extraordinary new talent!

You are cordially invited to join us for the launch Christina Neuwirth‘s astonishing debut novella Amphibian. We’ll prep the filter coffees and roll out the office chairs for an evening of readings and conversation  inspired by this biting, brilliant satire of today’s dire office culture. (We’ll be having wine & signings rather than any group bonding exercises & office attire is optional – worry not!).

Shortlisted for the 2016 Novella Award, Amphibian is set in an office that is slowly being flooded with water following a management directive. It features, among other things, a woman called Rose (who would really like to escape, and would also really like to be better at surfing), a dog (who doesn’t like water), an octopus (who does), and some emails.

It often takes a fantasy to accurately describe reality, and this screwy little fable cuts sharply into contemporary life. With wit and heart, Amphibian reveals the messiness, absurdity and terror beneath the apparent banalities of the workplace as only a good story can, with characters as real as their situation is impossible.
– Harry Josephine Giles

Amphibian is a wryly poignant parable, surreal and tender, with a wit drier than…well, you’ll see. Sweetly realised details give teasing life to a story of daily routine, self-doubt, small rebellions, and sometimes just missing the bigger picture.”
– Rachel McCrum


(c) Andrew Perry

Christina Neuwirth is a writer and researcher based in Edinburgh. Her short fiction has been published in Gutter and 404 Ink, and her non-fiction can be found on CommonSpace, The Dangerous Women Project, and most recently in Nasty Women (404 Ink) and Marbles Mag (Issue 1). She is one of Queer Words Project Scotland’s five 2018 Emerging Writers. Christina is currently working on a novel and pursuing a PhD at the University of Stirling, University of Glasgow and Scottish Book Trust, researching gender equality in writing and publishing in Scotland. Amphibian is her first solo publication.



Speculative Books – a brand new publishers based in Glasgow.  As well as a traditional publishers, Spec Books use a subscription model: subscribers get a brand new book every month for only £4.99 – check them out at specbooks.net or @spec_books.
Amphibian is their second work of fiction.
Full details on accessibility HERE – If you need assistance, please get in touch


August 26
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Lighthouse Bookshop
43-45 West Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian EH8 9DB United Kingdom
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