Alice Munro - Author

About the Author

Alice Munro is the author of The Beggar Maid (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) a novel and several outstanding collections of stories, including Open Secrets (winner of the WHSmith Literary Award), and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker and she is a winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Prize in her native Canada. She was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Featured books by Alice Munro

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/11/2014

'Alice Munro's stories are miraculous.' Sunday Times   'No one else can - or should be allowed to - write like the great Alice Munro.' Julian Barnes   'She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted.' Daily Telegraph   'Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last.' Observer   'She's the most savage writer I've ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive.' Jeffrey Eugenides

Other books by Alice Munro

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: A Story

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: A Story

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2016

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection With hardly any notice, foolish and plain housekeeper Johanna flees her employer and sets off to find the man she's fallen in love with. Little does she know that her correspondence with him has been a complete fabrication, a cruel teenager's idea of a practical joke. So, who will Johanna find when she steps off her train with the household furniture in tow? Alice Munro is the universally celebrated master of the contemporary short story, the Chekhov of our time. Nowhere are her powers better on display than in this exquisitely crafted story exploring the wonderful and unexpected places where love, or the illusion of it, can lead. This selection is the title story of Munro's acclaimed collection, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage and the basis of the 2013 film, Hateship Loveship. An ebook short.

Office

Office

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' SelectionThe solution came to the writer one evening: she should have an office. From Nobel Laureate Alice Munro, a brilliantly executed and revelatory storyone of the earliest published works of her careerin which simply finding a place to write turns out to be the hardest act of all. Alice Munro is the universally acclaimed master of the contemporary short story, the Chekhov of our time, and ';The Office' sheds light on the process and growth of a beloved writer. A selection from Dance of the Happy Shades, Munro's first collection.An eBook short.

Lives of Girls and Women

Lives of Girls and Women

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2015

The only novel from bestselling author Alice Munro, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Catching frogs, grazing knees, singing songs to save England from Hitler - that was childhood for Del Jordan, and now she's impatient for more. More than she can find in the encyclopedias sold by her mother, or in the half-understood innuendos dispensed by best friend Naomi, or in the whispers of boys during Friday night dances. Just like the girls in the movies, she wants to get started on real life. In her only novel, Alice Munro turns her eye to the frustrations, embarrassments, glee and bewilderment of adolescence, and to the brushes with sex, death, violence and birth that shape the lives of girls and women. 'I am the perfect audience for her brand of quiet, seething feminism' Lena Dunham 'Superb' Independent 'In Munro's work, nothing can be predicted. Emotions erupt. Preconceptions crumble. Surprises proliferate' Margaret Atwood 'Exact and unflinching' Guardian 'She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion' Jonathan Franzen

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/11/2014

'Alice Munro's stories are miraculous.' Sunday Times   'No one else can - or should be allowed to - write like the great Alice Munro.' Julian Barnes   'She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted.' Daily Telegraph   'Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last.' Observer   'She's the most savage writer I've ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive.' Jeffrey Eugenides

Woman An Anthology

Woman An Anthology

Author: Alice Munro, Stephen King, Lynn Coady, Charles De Lint Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Woman - An Anthology features selections on the theme of women in literature and includes writing from incredibly diverse and acclaimed authors. Rather than focusing specifically on female protagonists, this anthology considers the range of the female voice as part of an introspective and nuanced compilation. These collected works explore how women are written and the perspectives from which they are written. A cross-section from multiple genres and styles, the stories herein are weaved together to form a varied literary tapestry.

Lying Under the Apple Tree

Lying Under the Apple Tree

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

`Munro is still one of our most fearless explorers of the human being, as she descends, time and again, headlamp on full beam, pickaxe and butter-knife at the ready' The Times Spanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight. Beautifully observed and remarkably crafted, written with emotion and empathy, these stories are nothing short of perfection. A masterclass in the genre, from an author who deservedly lays claim to being one of the major fiction writers of our time.

Queenie

Queenie

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2013

'Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell slowly: they are made to last' Guardian When her father marries his second wife, Chrissy gets a new step sister. Three years older than her, Queenie is beautiful and kind, someone everybody wants to be friends with. Chrissy worships her. But when Queenie runs away at eighteen, their lives quietly diverge. Joyce Carol Oates has described Alice Munro's work as 'tales of domestic tragicomedy that seemed to open up, as if by magic, into wider, deeper, vaster dimensions.' Queenie is Munro at her subtle, heart-breaking best. 'One of the great short story writers not just of our time but of any time' New York Times Book Review

Dear Life

Dear Life

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.

Dear Life

Dear Life

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2013

Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.

Dear Life

Dear Life

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2012

A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro's peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancee from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out. While most of these stories take place in Munro's home territorythe small Canadian towns around Lake Huronthe characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the audiobook ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories ';autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact.' A girl who can't sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Comfort (Storycuts)

Comfort (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

When her sick husband carries out a long-agreed-upon plan in her absence, Nina is unable to deny shock and grief from taking hold. This story recounts the married life of the couple, the aftermath of a death, and the stubbornness present in both.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was originally published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Family Furnishings (Storycuts)

Family Furnishings (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Alfrida, for so long an admired, urbane exponent of big-city living to her young rurally isolated niece, has lost some of her gloss by the time she accepts a university place in the same city as her aunt. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was originally published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Floating Bridge (Storycuts)

Floating Bridge (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A consultation with an oncologist disrupts Jinny's resolutions and resignations, and she must confront issues she'd hitherto been content to let lie. Leaving her husband to his distractions, she allows a strange boy to drive her home by way of an unusual road.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was originally published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Storycuts)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

When two teenage girls fabricate one end of a correspondence, they leave a lonely, unprepossessing housemaid with some sadly misguided ideas. The prank upsets several lives, even if all the pieces don't tip over in the expected directions.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was originally published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Nettles (Storycuts)

Nettles (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Childhood friends, whose affectionate relationship suffered an abrupt disruption, are reunited unexpectedly in the home of a mutual acquaintance. Both bear the marks of life's disappointments as they set about renegotiating the terms of their association. When they choose to ignore a weather warning, the two are treated to one last adventure.Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Post and Beam (Storycuts)

Post and Beam (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Lorna finds herself strangely attracted to Lionel, a former maths prodigy and student of her husband's. When family affairs call him away and his absence coincides with the unwelcome visit of her cousin, she grows ill at ease.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Queenie (Storycuts)

Queenie (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

When Queenie elopes with a recently widowed neighbour her family are uniformly shocked, and a window on adult life and relationships is opened for her step-sister. A summertime stay with the newlyweds in Toronto yields further insight into the lives of couples, but also causes confusion. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

Bear Came Over The Mountain (Storycuts)

Bear Came Over The Mountain (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A reluctant decision is made to put Fiona in a home catering for those suffering from Alzheimer's. When her husband, Grant, comes to see her, he is confused and dismayed to learn that she has struck up a close relationship with a fellow patient.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

What Is Remembered (Storycuts)

What Is Remembered (Storycuts)

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A fleeting affair lingers in the memory of a woman. Thirty years after the event, when both husband and lover have died, she remembers one further detail. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

New Selected Stories

New Selected Stories

Author: Alice Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Spanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight. Written with emotion and empathy, beautifully observed and remarkably crafted, these stories are nothing short of perfection. A masterclass in the genre, from an author who deservedly lays claim to being one of the 'major fiction writers of our time'.

Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** These are beguiling, provocative stories about manipulative men and the women who outwit them, about destructive marriages and curdled friendships, about mothers and sons, about moments which change or haunt a life. Alice Munro's stories surprise and delight, turning lives into art, expanding our world and shedding light on the strange workings of the human heart.

Selected Stories

Selected Stories

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

This is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This first-ever selection of Alice Munro's stories sums up her genius. Her territory is the secrets that cackle beneath the facade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and fears of apparently ordinary men and women whom she renders extraordinary and unforgettable.

Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2009

Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writersthe winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. In the first story a young wife and mother receives release from the unbearable pain of losing her three children from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other stories uncover the deep-holes in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and how a boys disfigured face provides both the good things in his life and the bad. And in the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevskya late-nineteenth-century Russian migr and mathematicianon a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and, Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.Too Much Happiness is a compelling, provocativeeven daringcollection.From the Hardcover edition.

Runaway

Runaway

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2008

The incomparable Alice Munro's bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about women of all ages and circumstances-and about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. The runaway of the title story is a young woman who is incapable of leaving her husband. In "e;Passion,"e; a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers, in a single moment of insight, the limits and lies of passion. Three stories concern a woman named Juliet-in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories, Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.

The View From Castle Rock

The View From Castle Rock

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2007

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** The world's finest living short story writer turns to her family for inspiration; and what follows is a fictionalised, brilliantly imagined version of the past. From her ancestors' view from Edinburgh's Castle Rock in the eighteenth century to her parents' thwarted ambitions in Ontario, and her own awakening in 1950s Canada, Munro effortlessly weaves fact and myth to create an epic story of past and present, proving that fiction has much to tell us about life.

View from Castle Rock

View from Castle Rock

Author: Alice Munro Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2006

In stories that are more personal than any that she has written before, Alice Munro pieces her family history into gloriously imagined fiction.A young boy is taken to Edinburgh Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father's dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World. Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape, and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings.Evocative, gripping, sexy, unexpectedthese stories reflect a depth and richness of experience. The View from Castle Rock is a brilliant achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.

Carried Away

Carried Away

Author: Alice Munro Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2006

Set in her native southwest Ontario, they include 'Royal Beatings', in which a young girl, her father and her stepmother release the tension of their circumstances in a ritual of punishment and reconciliation; 'Friend of My Youth', in which a woman comes to understand that her difficult mother is not so very different from herself; and 'The Love of a Good Woman', in which, when an old crime resurfaces, a woman has to choose whether to believe in the man she intends to marry. Like the World War I soldier of the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesn't know change her life for ever, Munro's unassuming characters take permanent hold of our imaginations. Her incomparable empathy for the people she writes about, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction.

The Beggar Maid

The Beggar Maid

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2004

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Born into the back streets of a small Canadian town, Rose battled incessantly with her practical and shrewd stepmother, Flo, who cowed her with tales of her own past and warnings of the dangerous world outside. But Rose was ambitious - she won a scholarship and left for Toronto where she married Patrick. She was his Beggar Maid, 'meek and voluptuous, with her shy white feet', and he was her knight, content to sit and adore her. Alice Munro's wonderful collection of stories reads like a novel following Rose's life as she moves away from her impoverished roots and forges her own path in the world.

The Moons Of Jupiter

The Moons Of Jupiter

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2004

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** The characters who populate an Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare the unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2002

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** In these stories lives come into focus through single events or sudden memories which bring the past bubbling to the surface. The past, as Alice Munro's characters discover, is made up not only of what is remembered, but also what isn't. The past is there, just out of the picture, but if memories haven't been savoured, recalled in the mind and boxed away, it's as if they have never been - until a moment when the pieces of the jigsaw re-form suddenly, sometimes pleasurably but more often painfully. Women look back at their young selves, at first marriages made when they were naive and trusting, at husbands and their difficult, demanding little ways. There is in this new collection an underlying heartbreak, a sense of regret in her characters for what might have been, for a fork in the road not taken, a memory suppressed in an act of prudent emotional housekeeping. But at the same time there is hope, there are second chances - here are people who reinvent themselves, seize life by the throat, who have moved on and can dare to conjure up the hidden memories, daring to go beyond what is remembered.

Dance Of The Happy Shades

Dance Of The Happy Shades

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2000

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. In these dazzling stories she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow existence. And in sensitively exploring the lives of ordinary men and women, she makes us aware of the universal nature of their fears, sorrows and aspirations.

The Love Of A Good Woman

The Love Of A Good Woman

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2000

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Alice Munro has a genius for entering the lives of ordinary people and capturing the passions and contradictions that lie just below the surface. In this brilliant new collection she takes mainly the lives of women - unruly, ungovernable, unpredictable, unexpected, funny, sexy and completely recognisable - and brings their hidden desires bubbling to the surface. The love of a good woman is not as pure and virtuous as it seems: as in her title story it can be needy and murderous. Here are women behaving badly, leaving husbands and children, running off with unstuitable lovers, pushing everyday life to the limits, and if they don't behave badly, they think surprising and disturbing thoughts.

Selected Stories

Selected Stories

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/1997

This first-ever selection of Alice Munro's stories sums up her genius. Her territory is the secrets that cackle beneath the facade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and fears of apparently ordinary men and women whom she renders extraordinary and unforgettable.

The Progress Of Love

The Progress Of Love

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/1996

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** These dazzling and utterly satisfying stories explore varieties and degrees of love - filial, platonic, sexual, parental and imagined - in the lives of apparently ordinary folk. In fact, Munro's characters pulse with idiosyncratic life. Under the polished surface of these unsentimental dispatches from the small-town and rural front lies a strong undertow of violence and sexuality, repressed until something snaps, with extraordinary force in some of the stories, sadly and strangely in others.

Open Secrets

Open Secrets

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/1995

`A superb collection... Marriage, gambles, disappearances, motiveless vandalism - it is the stuff of unremarkable lives, conveyed in a remarkable fashion' Independent Open Secrets, Nobel Prize in Literature winner Alice Munro's eighth book, consists of eight stories, each one as rich as a full novel. Ranging from the 1850s through two world wars to the present, and from Canada to Brisbane, the Balkans and the Somme, these dazzling stories reveal the secrets of unconventional women who refuse to be contained. `Brilliant at evoking life's diversity and unpredictability...an unrivalled chronicler of human nature' The Sunday Times

Friend Of My Youth

Friend Of My Youth

Author: Alice Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/1991

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** A woman haunted by dreams of her dead mother. An adulterous couple stepping over the line where the initial excitement ends and the pain begins. A widow visiting a Scottish village in search of her husband's past - and instead discovering unsettling truths about a total stranger. The ten stories in this collection not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience.

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