Seventy Percent Water

Winner 2020 Ellipsis Flash Fiction Collection Competition

2021 Saboteur Awards

Shortlisted – Best Short Story Collection 

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Someone or something is missing from their lives

Seventy Percent Water depicts with startling sensibility the way beloved persons may disappear — sometimes bit by bit. The collection is dazzling in its clever use of language, beautiful imagery, wry humour, and deep understanding of humanity and feeling.  

Sophie van Llewyn, author of Bottled Goods

In thirty-one tiny stories, none more than two pages long, Jeanette Sheppard offers us the vast worlds of her imagination. She gathers everyday moments like kindling and deftly sparks them into flame, creating heat and magic. These stories move with the fluidity of dreams, rich in image and emotional resonance. A highly original debut, Seventy Percent Water is not to be missed.

Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018

Exploring the intricacies of connection and loss, Seventy Percent Water is a psychologically astute collection that invites you to step inside multiple lives while reflecting on your own. Each image is carved with care using language that dances to form a moving, insightful journey.

Stephanie Hutton (now Stephanie Carty), author of Three Sisters of Stone

Jeanette Sheppard writes convincingly about relationships — familial, romantic, social — and what happens when these human connections rupture. Her stories are moving, her prose surprising. I love this collection.

Damhnait Monaghan, author of The Neverlands

In Seventy Percent Water, Jeanette Sheppard writes with deep sensitivity and powerful imagery. Her empathy and humour shine through, resulting in a debut collection that is highly memorable.

Diane Simmons, author of Finding a Way