Small Rivers

It’s December 2016 and Toby and Angelica are going back to their father’s farm for Christmas. Now that they live in London and Berlin respectively – eschewing the family trade in favour of more creative pursuits – this return to the pastoral also feels like a return to the parochial.

Their father is at the end of the worst year of his life. His wife, Marie died suddenly in a tragic accident. Struggling in every way, and in desperate need of help with work, he hired Damien, who moved in to the other property on the farm. But after Damien stole and lied, Frank had to fire him, leaving Damien seething. In his place, Frank hired Jerzy, a Polish worker, who now lives on the farm with his heavily pregnant wife, Irena.

Damien convinces himself that his home and job have been stolen from him by migrant workers, Frank is cautious of Jerzy after a few things seem amiss on the farm, and Toby and Angelica are quick to patronise and assume they know best. Jerzy and Irena keep noticing Damien’s menacing presence, but Frank, Toby and Angelica are too wrapped up in their own problems to help. Tensions run high as they try to find a new normal now that they’re living separate lives, without Marie holding them together.

Published by Dead Ink Books, 13th May 2021


Robert didn't mean to kill his brother.

Now he's stuck between grief and guilt with only ex-girlfriend willow and the ghost of his dead twin sister for company.

Terrified of doing more harm, Robert's hysteria and anxiety grow while Willow and his sister's ghost fight over him: one trying to save him, the other digging his grave.

"Gallon writes with such disregard for the rules that his writing comes across both shockingly vibrant, ground breaking and brutal all at the same time. Harry Gallon is a name you need to remember and a voice you wont forget."

Ross Jeffery, Storgy


"There is dark, biting humour in this novel but it is also desperately, heartbreakingly sad and you can’t help but feel for everyone caught up in the mess."

Jane Wright, Litro

"Gallon's writing is lucid and mordantly funny. I loved this book."

Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days

"Beautifully executed tale of innocence, tragedy, and the family traumas we fail to leave behind.

Fernando Sdrigotti, author of Dysfunctional Males

Published by Dead Ink Books, 2017

Made possible with the generous support of The Society of Authors K Blundell Trust Award



'Something strange is happening to the lovelorn, scared young people of London.

They’re unhappy, I know it. And they’re under the dogs’ control.'

The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes explores love, homelessness, and a restless sense of uncertainty in a modern London as brittle and unmoored, as familiar and as chimerical, as the characters that move through it.

"Gallon’s at his best when he writes about people and places and things. The Shapes of Dogs’ Eyes succeeds when there is no pretence, just descriptions of life as lived. Gallon is a keen observer and expert chronicler."

Scott Manley Hadley, Open Pen.

Published by Dead Ink Books, 2015



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