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Simon Van Booy - Author

About the Author

Simon Van Booy was born in London and grew up in rural Wales and the suburbs of London. He is the author of three novels and two collections of short stories, including The Illusion of Separateness, The Secret Lives of People in Love, and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in 2009. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

 

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Other books by Simon Van Booy

Gertie Milk And The Great Keeper Rescue

Gertie Milk And The Great Keeper Rescue

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2018

The Sadness Of Beautiful Things Stories

The Sadness Of Beautiful Things Stories

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things

Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2017

Award-winning author Simon Van Booy introduces readers to a magical, whimsical world, perfect for fans ofCircus MirandusandSerafina and the Black Cloak.When twelve-year-old Gertie Milk washes up on the island of Skuldark, she finds that all of her memories are gone. Home to helpful Slug Lamps, delicious moonberries, and a ferocious Guard Worm, the island is full of oddities, including a cozy cottage containing artifacts from every corner of history. It is there that Gertie discovers she has been chosen as the next Keeper of Lost Things, tasked with the mission of returning objects to history's most important figures right when they need them most. With the help of a time machine disguised as a vintage sports car and the guidance of her fellow Keeper, Kolt, Gertie dodges an elephant army in ancient Alexandria, crashes a 1920s flapper party, and battles a ruthless Zhou Dynasty king. But soon, Gertie encounters an enemy that threatens everything the Keepers stand for: The Losers, villains who don't want to keep order but destroy it. Now, Gertie must uncover the truth of her own past if she wants to stop the Losers and set history back in place.

Father's Day

Father's Day

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met - a disabled ex-con, haunted by a violent past he can't escape. Moving between past and present, and written in a wonderful raw, spare prose, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruins of their past.

Tales of Accidental Genius

Tales of Accidental Genius

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2016

She believed it was a gift to never truly know the self. We are not who we think we are, nor how others see us. Long before death, we die a thousand times at the hands of a definition.In his first book of short stories since Love Begins in Winter, for which he won the Frank OConnor Short Story Award, bestselling author Simon Van Booy offers a collection highlighting how human genius can emerge through acts of compassion. Through characters including an eccentric film director, an aging Cockney bodyguard, a teenage child of Nigerian immigrants, a divorced amateur magician from New Jersey and a Beijing street vendor who becomes an overnight billionaire, Tales of Accidental Genius contemplates individuals from different cultures, races rich and poor, young and old and reveals how faith and yearning for connection helps us all transcend darkness of fear and misfortune.

Tales of Accidental Genius

Tales of Accidental Genius

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

A master storyteller's vision reawakens us to the human experience in this diverse, haunting, and unexpectedly humorous new collection of short fiction from Simon Van Booy - his first since Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. In his first book of short stories since Love Begins in Winter, bestselling author Simon Van Booy offers a collection of stories highlighting how human genius can emerge through acts of compassion. Through characters including an eccentric film director, an aging Cockney bodyguard, the teenage child of Nigerian immigrants, a divorced amateur magician from New Jersey, and a Beijing street vendor who becomes an overnight billionaire, Tales of Accidental Genius contemplates individuals from different cultures and races-rich and poor, young and old-and reveals how faith and yearning for connection help us transcend loneliness, fear, and misfortune.

Father's Day

Father's Day

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2016

When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met - a disabled ex-con, haunted by a violent past he can't escape. Moving between past and present, and written in a wonderful raw, spare prose, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruins of their past.

Father's Day

Father's Day

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2016

At the age of six, a little girl named Harvey learns that her parents have died in a car accident. As she struggles to understand, a kindly social worker named Wanda introduces her to her only living relative: her uncle Jason, a disabled felon with a violent past and a criminal record. Despite his limitationsand his resistanceWanda follows a hunch and cajoles Jason into becoming her legal guardian, convinced that each may be the others last chance.Moving between past and present, Fathers Day weaves together the story of Harveys childhood and her life as a young woman in Paris, as she awaits her uncles arrival for a Fathers Day visit. To mark the occasion, Harvey has planned a series of gifts for Jasonall leading to a revelation she believes will only deepen their bond.

Secret Lives of People in Love

Secret Lives of People in Love

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

Since the publication of his critically acclaimed debut collection The Secret Lives of People in Love, Simon Van Booy has been hailed as one of the most exciting and talented short-story writers in Anglo-American fiction. This magnificent collection brings together twenty-four stories by a writer of unparalleled lyricism, generosity and emotional power. Set in a range of locations, from Cornwall, Wales, and New York to Paris and Rome, these stark and beautiful stories are a perfect synthesis of intensity and atmosphere. Love, loss, isolation and the power of memory are Van Booy's themes, and in spare, economical prose he writes about the difficult choices we make in order to retain our humanity, and about the redemptive power of love in a violent world.

The Illusion of Separateness

The Illusion of Separateness

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells the haunting and luminous story of how one man's act of mercy on a World War II battlefield changes the lives of six strangers across time and place. From wartime Britain and Nazi-occupied France, to modern-day Los Angeles, the characters of this gripping novel - inspired by true events - include a child on the brink of starvation, a blind museum curator looking for love, a German infantryman, and a humble caretaker at a retirement home in Santa Monica. Whether they are pursued by old age, shame, disease, or regret, these incandescent characters remain unaware of their connection until seemingly random acts of selflessness lift a veil to reveal the vital parts they play in each other's lives.

Everything Beautiful Began After

Everything Beautiful Began After

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2011

Apowerful meditation on the undying nature of love and the often cruel beauty ofones own fate. This is a novel you simply must read! Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of TownieFromSimon Van Booy, the award-winning author ofLoveBegins in WinterandThe Secret Lives of People in Love,comesa debut novel of longing and discovery amidst the ruins of Athens. Withechoes of Nicole Krausss The History of Love and CharlesBaxters The Feast of Love, Van Booysresonant tale of threeisolated, disaffected adults discovering one another in Greece is thecompelling product of an inquisitive, visionary talent. In the words of RobertOlen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a StrangeMountain, Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of thehuman heart.

Pobble's Way

Pobble's Way

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2010

Why Our Decisions Don't Matter

Why Our Decisions Don't Matter

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Why Our Decisions Don't Matter consists of famous excerpts and passages from philosophical, biblical, and literary sources on the subject of the title question. With an introduction and interstitial commentary by author Simon Van Booy and a small, beautifully designed package, Why Our Decisions Don't Matter is perfect for the modern philosopher.

Why We Need Love

Why We Need Love

Author: Simon Van Booy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Why We Need Love consists of famous excerpts and passages from philosophical, biblical, and literary sources on the subject of the title question. With an introduction and interstitial commentary by author Simon Van Booy and a small, beautifully designed package, it is perfect for the modern philosopher.