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Jim Crace - Author

About the Author

Novelist Jim Crace has won numerous prizes for his writing including the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1992 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999.

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Continent

Continent

Author: Jim Crace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

`Hard and actual in observation, clearly and richly imagined, remarkably original' Guardian A novel in seven stories, Continent is an exploration of the cultures, communities and natural life of an entirely imaginary realm. Built on rich seams of myth and metaphor, this new, seventh continent is strange, atmospheric and yet not wholly a mirage, for its inhabitants are disarmingly familiar, known to us through their loves, their hopes and their struggles to make sense of life. On its first publication over twenty years ago, this spellbinding book marked the arrival of one of the most inventive minds at work in modern fiction. `Fuses folklore and political parable, moral fable and myth, into something rather original and also very modern' The Times `Makes us see our own world more clearly . . . brilliant, provocative and delightful' New York Times

Signals of Distress

Signals of Distress

Author: Jim Crace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

Winter 1836, and the Belle of Wilmington discharges its doomed crew on Wherrytown. Little daunted, the Captain and his sailors flirt, drink and brawl their way through the village, marooned along with Aymer Smith, a virgin and a blunderer in search of a wife. As vivid and alive as characters by Dickens, these men play out their dreams against a haunting, monumental landscape, bringing the New World back to the Old, with fresh discoveries, fresh hazards, fresh hopes. 'The passions and mores of the 1830s are flawlessly delineated in this masterly novel, imbued with the tang and power of the sea' Independent

Six

Six

Author: Jim Crace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2007

`A tender, erotic comedy set in a fictitious European city so intricately imagined that you itch to book a weekend break there' Independent Felix Dern is a celebrated actor, revered for his talent and his looks. Unbeknownst to those he seduces, he is exceptional in other ways, too. `Every woman he dares to sleep with bears his child . . .' Gifted or cursed, Lix now has six living reminders of what he did, with whom, and all in the pursuit of the elusive dream of love. Set in the beguiling City of Kisses, this seamless novel charts the history of a loving, baffled man in what emerges as a mischievous meditation on eternal sexual conundrums of love, power, parenthood and desire. `As a study in love, sex and relationships, Six is as involving and original as anything Crace has written' Literary Review `Ingenious and beautifully written' Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

The Gift of Stones

The Gift of Stones

Author: Jim Crace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2007

`The intense story of the pre-historical moment when stone yielded to bronze . . . Crace is a virtuoso' Frank Kermode, New York Times A coastal community live prosperously crafting fine stone tools. But their proud insularity is breached by raiders, and in the violence a boy loses his arm. Useless as a knapper, he finds a role as the village storyteller, roaming far and returning home with fantastically embellished tales. When the arrival of a new metal threatens all their livelihoods, his fearless imagination becomes a lifesaving gift. `His style is as simple as it is beautiful . . . Crace reveals the dignity in human labour and the power of the passing of time' Herald `A deceptively simple book that explores profound ideas with a rare delicacy of touch' Los Angeles Times `Bewitching . . . brings a lost world to life and imbues it with a sense of wonder' Sunday Times

The Devil's Larder

The Devil's Larder

Author: Jim Crace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2007

The Devil's Larder is a novel in sixty-four parts, exploring our deepest human concerns - love, hate, hopes and desires - through our relationship with food. Packed with delightful and subversive ingredients, with behaviour more suited to the bedroom than to the table, and with the most curious and idosyncratic of diners, this is a sensuous portrait of a community where meals are served with lashings of passion and recipes come spiced with unexpected challenges and hopes. 'Delicious . . . the sheer quantity of inventiveness is astounding' Mail on Sunday 'Funny, frightening and erotic' The Times

Pesthouse

Pesthouse

Author: Jim Crace Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2007

Once the safest, most prosperous place on earth, the United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. The machines have stopped. The government has collapsed. Farmlands lie fallow and the soil is contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe.Franklin Lopez and his brother, Jackson, are only days away from the ocean when Franklin, nearly crippled by an inflamed knee, is forced to stop. In the woods near his temporary refuge, Franklin comes upon an isolated stone building. Inside he finds Margaret, a woman with a deadly infection and confined to the Pesthouse to sweat out her fever. Tentatively, the two join forces and make their way through the ruins of old America. Confronted by bandits rounding up men for slavery, finding refuge in the Ark, a religious community that makes bizarre demands on those they shelter, Franklin and Margaret find their wariness of each other replaced by deep trust and an intimacy neither one has ever experienced before.THE PESTHOUSE is Jim Craces most compelling novel to date. Rich in its understanding of Americas history and ethos, it is a paean to the human spirit.

The Devil's Larder

The Devil's Larder

Author: Jim Crace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

THE DEVIL'S LARDER is a cumulative novel in sixty-four parts, all on the subject of food. Crace's readers might learn that little is to be trusted about food from these hilarious, delightful and subversive ingredients, but they will encounter a startling and touching patchwork portrait of a community where meals are served with lashings of passion and recipes come spiced with unexpected challenges and hopes.

Devil's Larder

Devil's Larder

Author: Jim Crace Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2001

A sumptuous, scintillating stew of sixty four short fictions about appetite, food, and the objects of our desireAll great meals, it has been said, lead to discussions of either sex or death, and The Devil's Larder, in typical Cracean fashion, leads to both. Here are sixty four short fictions of at times Joycean beauty--about schoolgirls hunting for razor clams in the strand; or searching for soup-stones to take out the fishiness of fish but to preserve the flavor of the sea; or about a mother and daughter tasting food in one another's mouth to see if people really do taste things differently--and at other times, of Mephistophelean mischief: about the woman who seasoned her food with the remains of her cremated cat, and later, her husband, only to hear a voice singing from her stomach (you can't swallow grief, she was advised); or the restaurant known as "e;The Air & Light,"e; the place to be in this small coastal town that serves as the backdrop for Crace's gastronomic flights of fancy, but where no food or beverage is actually served, though a 12 percent surcharge is imposed just for just sitting there and being seen.Food for thought in the best sense of the term, The Devil's Larder is another delectable work of fiction by a 2001 winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award.

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