Margo Lanagan lives in Sydney. She is a mother of two boys and the author of many acclaimed short stories. She has sold encyclopedias, washed forks and written corporate annual reports. She has also travelled widely and studied history. Margo Lanagan is a superb technical writer, as well as an astounding new literary voice.
July 2010 Debut of the Month. This is a striking retelling of the Grimms’ Snow White and Rose Red, beautifully written and strangely original. It’s an unforgettable novel that is sure to shock and amaze in equal measure. Constantly shifting from beauty to horror, darkness to light, Tender Morsels will take you to the very edge. But one thing is for sure, it’s guaranteed to enthral you and hold you within the pages until the very end.
If you have any recollection of the brilliant novelist Angela Carter, then youâ€™ll be thrilled at this wonderfully powerful collection of short stories from a supremely talented author. If not youâ€™ll love the beautifully elegant prose which youâ€™ll savour long after youâ€™ve finished it.
RED SPIKES - ten stabs to the heart. Ten tales to jab and poke - at your darkest fears, your secret desires. Margo Lanagan's short stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you have. Stories that show the imprint love leaves on us all. For anyone who likes to be surprised, touched, unsettled, intrigued, or scared, prepare to be dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.
Time out of time, people call it, but they're wrong. It's all time, like white light is all colours, or white noise is all pitches of noise coming at you together. In this transcendent collection of short stories, Lanagan deftly navigates a new set of worlds in which the boundaries between reality and possibility are paper-thin . . . and sometimes disappear altogether. Prepare to be unsettled, intrigued and dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.
Rollrock is an isolated, windswept island; a wild and salty landscape where fishermen and their families must wring a living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of eerie magic, and of powerful desire. Down on the beach, the outcast witch of Rollrock casts her spells, and draws mysterious girls from the sea. These are girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence - the most enchantingly beautiful creatures the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen. The island is envied, and many a man is lured to Rollrock with the promise of a sea wife. But the arrival of these women is the ruin of countless families - and to the despair of the men of Rollrock, magic always has its price. The brides do not belong on land. One day, the sea will claim them back.
In her inspired re-working of the fairy-tale Snow White and Rose Red Margo Lanagan has created characters that are vivid, passionate, flawed and fiercely devoted to their hearts' desires, whether these desires are good or evil. It is the story of two worlds - one real, one magical - and how, despite the safe haven her magical world offers to those who have suffered, her characters can never turn their backs on the real world, with all its beauty and brutality. Tender Morsels is an astonishing novel, fraught with the tension between love and horror, violence and tenderness, despair and hope.