Rosemary Kay

Saul: Between Two Eternities

     As mesmerising as The Life of Pi, and as haunting as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” The Guardian

Originally published in Britain by Headline, Between Two Eternities, was published in Canada by Random House, and in America by St Martin’s Press, under the title Saul.

It has sold in many countries, been translated into several other languages, and an up-dated version is now available as an e-book, under the title, Saul: Between Two Eternities.

It was made into an evocative, award winning film, This Little Life, which was shown to critical acclaim around the world, winning a raft of accolades including BAFTAs, RTA awards, and a special Prix Europa.

It is currently out of print, but in the process of getting a new imprint.

For UK : Amazon. Saul: Between Two Eternities

For US : Amazon. Saul: Between Two Eternities

In an amazing leap of imagination, Between Two Eternities places us inside the mind of a new-born baby, Saul. With great humour, compassion and unblinking honesty, Saul demonstrates the triumph of the human spirit over appalling adversity, all the more extraordinary because that spirit is housed in the tiniest, weakest of bodies. For Saul is a premature baby, born four months early. He fits into the palm of the midwife’s hand. But he arrives full of wonder, and with a fierce will to survive. His story is one of optimism, hope and courage, of supreme trust and tragic betrayal.

Finely poised in the no-man’s-land between life and death, every day of his life is packed with human drama and superhuman endeavour, played out in the bustling, bright, hyper-real world of the Intensive Care Unit. Trying to make sense of it all, he develops an otherworldly wisdom and insight, finding escape through imagination, and thus exploring the nature of love, of trust and forgiveness. With his endearing personality, he bravely battles all the expected complications of prematurity and several rare conditions as well. And throughout it all we are graced with his witty observations, allowed to witness the warmth of his developing relationships, and taken along on his mischievous, imaginative journeys. His story ranges from sorrow and disaster, to redemption and peace.

Saul’s story grew out of a mother’s love and loss, into a moving celebration of life.

For UK : Amazon. Saul: Between Two Eternities

For US : Amazon. Saul: Between Two Eternities

What the Press Say

“Like no other book you will ever read, moving but also uplifting.”
 The Scotsman.

 “The most amazing celebration of life you will ever read….what makes this book so remarkable is that the first person narrator is Saul himself. So convincingly has Kay caught the imagined voice of a tiny creature, unsure as to whether the battle to live is worth the trauma, that you suspend disbelief, never doubting the authenticity of the brave cry in the dark.”  The Times

“One of those rare books that make you perceive your world anew. It kept me reading through the night. In the early hours of the morning, I finally turned the last page, exhausted, rung out, and yet uplifted.”  New York Reviewer

“Written from Saul’s perspective, we see the adult world through his eyes, interwoven with a deep stream of consciousness which links him to the history of earlier generations of his family. This is a remarkable and original insight into the tragedy of losing a baby, written with immense courage. Far from bleak or morbid, it is a moving celebration of life. Between Two Eternities marks the stunning debut of a hugely talented writer.”  BerkelouW Books.

 “Any parent – anyone at all – will find Saul’s story wrenching, although it is also an adventure story and a tale of courage.” GoodReads

Because the story is rendered through Saul’s consciousness, the reader must accept that he’s a sentient human being who can think in language at once primitively infantile and precociously mature. Charting an infant’s will to survive in counterpoint to the background conversation of medical personnel pursuing the daily routine of neonatal care, Kay captures the sensual wonder of eyes and ears that are new to life, and the fear and distress as well. In registering his parents’ feelings through the buffering filter of Saul’s perceptions, she renders their anguish even more affecting. Some may find the story of a newborn’s brief existence disconcertingly sentimental. But this imaginative account–published in Britain as non-fiction–should expand the sympathetic capacities of those who can accept the book’s premise and the redemption implicit in its tragic close.Publisher’s Weekly

English playwright Kay uses her experience as mother of a premature baby to create an imaginative, often wrenching work of fiction. Despite all medical efforts to delay his delivery, Saul is born at 23 weeks, and this is his first-person story–of tubes and needles, pain and burning, fear and desolation, loving and forgiving. Once he reluctantly leaves the “Perfect Red Sea” of his mother’s womb, Saul is guided by his deceased granddaddy, who allows him to choose whether to continue “This Living.” Saul opts to fight, overcoming fungal and bacterial infections at five weeks and meningitis at 11 weeks, continually working to breathe on his own. Still, the miracles of modern medicine are only as good as those who administer them, and Saul suffers when his neonatal intensive care staff is stretched to the limits. As Saul delights in the attention of his loving parents and caregivers, readers who accept this literary device will be moved by his story. Just keep plenty of tissues at hand when reading it. The Library Journal
-Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA 

 Kay is at her best describing the actual physical world of the neonatal intensive-care unit as the infant rocks from one crisis to another. Through Saul’s eyes, Kay expresses with concentrated intensity a host of sensations: the noise of the machines, the hands of the nurses, the needles and tubes as well as the human drama. The parents struggle with hope and despair, anger and exhaustion, while the staff contend with long hours and far from perfect working conditions. Drawn with precision, these adults, some more or less likable, some more or less capable, are all believable and very human. So is Saul, as a baby fighting to survive: crying, wiggling, balling his fists. … A serious, two-hankie tearjerker, classy to boot, heartfelt and brave.  Kirkus Reviews. 


Rosemary talks to  Random House about  Saul: Between Two Eternities. 

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