“Sarah Barr's debut short story collection delivers poignant, beautifully crafted pieces, all of which offer powerful and thought-provoking messages […] If you find yourself with only 'A Few Vital Minutes', as one character does, spend it well, reading this collection."

TRACEY ICETON, author of The Celtic Colours Trilogy

Night Zoo

Longing for excitement in a heatwave, Liza inadvertently stumbles across the complexity of being a child in a grown-up world. Brendan is haunted by the ghosts of the past in the present, and Franny contemplates the meaning of home in a world made uncertain by global warming.

With its dark twists and intense themes, Night Zoo subverts the reader’s expectations at every turn. Throughout, Sarah Barr weaves an intricate, cyclical thread of regret and hope, offering captivating glimpses into the lives of her distinctive cast of characters. A compelling collection, it forms a powerful portrait of life, painting the extraordinary in the everyday.

An expert blend of feminism and motherhood – set against a backdrop of climate change and with a breadth of settings explored – these stunning stories celebrate the variety and vitality that encompass the human experience.

“An absorbing collection of keenly observed stories from Sarah Barr. The characters are beautifully drawn and the narrative throughout is both insightful and vivid. I can highly recommend this collection. An excellent read.”

IAN J. BURTON, author of All Along the Skyline

“Reading Sarah’s work reminds me of taking a trip to a destination where I’ve been before, but then seeing it with new eyes. A delight to read. Highly recommended.”

DELLA GALTON, author of the Over Bluebell Cliff series

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