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James Hannah has an MA in Samuel Beckett studies and The A to Z of You and Me is his debut novel. He also sings and plays guitar and drums in various bands with friends. He lives in Shropshire with his family.
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. I'm lying here in a bed, my head full of regret, with only a little bird flitting through a tree to comfort me. Friends want to visit, but I refuse them. So my carer Sheila has given me a task to keep me occupied. An A-Z list. Think of a part of my body for each letter. Tell a little tale about it. When I reach H for Heart, what will I say? How we loved to string crocheted hearts in trees? How our hearts steadily unravelled? So I begin with A. Adam's apple. Will you be there to catch me when I fall?
AN OBSERVER 'NEW FACE OF FICTION 2015' AN AMAZON RISING STAR 2015 'Genuinely one of the best books I've read ever read' LISA JEWELL 'Spare, poignant and with a quirky charm all of its own, it reminds us how kind people can be.' RACHEL JOYCE 'Absolutely bloody heartrending. Hannah's eccentric style is never mawkish and often wonderfully funny' - THE TIMES 'Hannah writes with emotional acuity. Warm, wry, thoughtful and devastating in places, this is a life-enhancing missive from death's door' - THE SUNDAY TIMES A striking literary debut of love and mortality perfect for fans of quirky, heart-wrenching fiction like Nathan Filer, David Nicholls and Rachel Joyce. Ivo has all kinds of everyday joy in his life - he's young, he's in love, he has friends who promise to stand by him if life ever goes wrong.Then one day, life does go wrong. He makes a mistake, and it's big and unforgiveable. Now time is running out and his life is falling apart. But he's going to put it together again. His own way. This is a story about how far love must stretch to gather a life in pieces. And how strong friendship never dies.
A collection of fictional short stories about real problems, real life in its entirety, powerfully told with great sympathy and penetrating vision.
A collection of fictional short stories mainly set in East Texas. Hannah's protagonists tend to be males, lonely due to some form of exile struggling to find some connection to others.