On Photography


By Wendy Erskine

The daughter of a renowned photographer journeys into the city – and back into recollections of a life lived in the shadow of an artistic, itinerant parent. A beautiful melding of language and visuals from a current master of the short form story. Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her debut collection, Sweet Home, was published by The Stinging Fly Press in Sept 2018 and has been translated into Italian and Arabic and optioned for TV. It won the 2020 Butler Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2019 and longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2019. The story ‘Inakeen’ was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Prize 2019. Sweet Home was Book of the Year in the GuardianThe White ReviewObserverNew Statesman, and TLS. Wendy’s second collection of stories, Dance Move, was published in February 2022.



Pint-size: 135 x 100mm

173 in stock




Words change with their setting. To deny this is to deny the changing tastes of the same apple when scrumped, sliced, peeled or eaten straight from the tree.

Words depend on their delivery, their format.

Words can be concentrated.

Words can be loose.

Ration Books is born out of a love of routine and simplicity. Conceiving an idea and acting upon it all in good time. Good reading should be rationed. The reason for reading is rational. Ration Books produce small books to be read in short sittings. They feature fiction and poetry and other ideas. They fit in haversack pockets. The books are available to buy online only in short print runs. They will not be numbered or signed by the author. They are affordable, disposable, swappable, collectable, and always readable. They contain words written in a manner that requires concentration and dedication.  The words will never appear on screen.

Pass it on.

Each book measures 135 x 100mm, with approximately 40 one-colour pages in each which may take two cups of tea to read or one mug. They are designed to instay their welcome