Kate Pullinger - Author

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Kate Pullinger was born in British Columbia and educated on Vancouver Island. She moved to England where she has worked as a lecturer and writer in residence at a variety of institutions including Battersea Arts Centre, and HMP Gartree and Maidstone. She is the author of several novels including When the Monster Dies (1989); The Last Time I Saw Jane (1996); and Weird Sister (1999).

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Letter To An Unknown Soldier If You Could Write a Letter to a First World War Soldier, What Would You Say?

Letter To An Unknown Soldier If You Could Write a Letter to a First World War Soldier, What Would You Say?

Author: Kate Pullinger Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2015

On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he's reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war everyone in the country was invited to take a moment and write that letter. A selection of those letters are published here, in a new kind of war memorial - one made only of words. In a year of public commemoration `Letter to an Unknown Soldier' invited everyone to step back from the public ceremonies and take a few private moments to think. Providing a space for people to reconsider the familiar imagery we associate with the war memorials - cenotaphs, poppies, and silence - it asked the following questions: if you could say what you want to say about that war, with all we've learned since 1914, with all your own experience of life and death to hand, what would you say? If you were able to send a personal message to this soldier, a man who served and was killed during World War One, what would you write? The response was extraordinary. The invitation was to everyone and, indeed, all sorts of people responded: schoolchildren, pensioners, students, artists, nurses, serving members of the forces and even the Prime Minister. Letters arrived from all over the United Kingdom and beyond, and many well-known writers and personalities contributed. Opening on 28th June 2014, the centenary of the Sarajevo assassinations, and closing at 11 pm on the night of 4 August 2014, the centenary of the moment when Prime Minister Asquith announced to the House of Commons that Britain had joined the First World War, this book offers a snapshot of what people in this country and across the world were thinking and feeling about the centenary of World War One.

Letter To An Unknown Soldier A New Kind of War Memorial

Letter To An Unknown Soldier A New Kind of War Memorial

Author: Kate Pullinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he's reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war everyone in the country was invited to take a moment and write that letter. A selection of those letters are published here, in a new kind of war memorial - one made only of words. In a year of public commemoration `Letter to an Unknown Soldier' invited everyone to step back from the public ceremonies and take a few private moments to think. Providing a space for people to reconsider the familiar imagery we associate with the war memorials - cenotaphs, poppies, and silence - it asked the following questions: if you could say what you want to say about that war, with all we've learned since 1914, with all your own experience of life and death to hand, what would you say? If you were able to send a personal message to this soldier, a man who served and was killed during World War One, what would you write? The response was extraordinary. The invitation was to everyone and, indeed, all sorts of people responded: schoolchildren, pensioners, students, artists, nurses, serving members of the forces and even the Prime Minister. Letters arrived from all over the United Kingdom and beyond, and many well-known writers and personalities contributed. Opening on 28th June 2014, the centenary of the Sarajevo assassinations, and closing at 11 pm on the night of 4 August 2014, the centenary of the moment when Prime Minister Asquith announced to the House of Commons that Britain had joined the First World War, this book offers a snapshot of what people in this country and across the world were thinking and feeling about the centenary of World War One.

Landing Gear

Landing Gear

Author: Kate Pullinger Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2014

Mistress of Nothing

Mistress of Nothing

Author: Kate Pullinger Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2011

Winner of Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award, this richly rendered American debut captures the life of a lady's maid on her journey from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted reaches of Egypt's Nile Valley, awakening first love, testing loyalties, and discovering freedom has a price. When Lady Duff Gordon, toast of Victorian London society, departs for the hot, dry climate of Egypt to seek relief from the debilitating effects of her tuberculosis, Sally doesn't think twice about remaining by her mistress' side. Sally and Lady Duff Gordon throw themselves into their exotic surroundings, adopting native dress, learning Arabic, and visiting the tombs of ancient pharaohs. Along the way, Sally comes to experience freedoms she, as a servant, has never known before, as well as her first taste of romance. But freedom is a luxury that a maid can ill afford, and when Sally grasps for more than status entitles her to, she is brutally reminded that she is mistress of nothing. Ultimately, she must choose her master and a way back-or a way to the unknown. Based on the real lives of Lady Duff Gordon and her maid, The Mistress of Nothing is a lush, sometimes dark portrait of forbidden love, tested loyalties, and finding an unexpected new definition of "e;home"e;-a compelling story that will take listeners on a journey they will not soon forget.

Waving at the Gardener The Asham Award Short-Story Collection

Waving at the Gardener The Asham Award Short-Story Collection

Author: Kate Pullinger Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2009

'As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world' Virginia Woolf Asham House in Sussex was once home to Virginia and Leonard Woolf and is the inspiration behind the Asham Award. Launched in 1996 to support and encourage new writers, it is Britain's only prize for short stories by women. Waving at the Gardener presents the twelve fresh, engaging and original voices shortlisted for the Asham Short-Story Award 2009, as well as four specially commissioned new stories by beloved authors Margaret Atwood, Esther Freud, Alison MacLeod and Yiyun Li.

Shoe Fly Baby The Asham Award Short Story Collection

Shoe Fly Baby The Asham Award Short Story Collection

Author: Kate Pullinger Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2004

When the first Asham Award was launched in 1996 - in honour of Asham House, the house in Sussex where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived - nearly a thousand unknown women writers took part. This is the first anthology of winning stories, published a year later and entitled The Catch , demonstrated not only the rich cultural mix of our society today, but the huge range of largely untapped talent in towns and villages across the UK. The second and third collections were equally successful, and this fourth collection promises to be even better, with, once again, over one thousand entries to this year's competition and commissioned stories from Lesley Glaister, Liz Jensen, Francine Stock, Kamila Shamsie, Erica Wagner and Maggie O'Farrell, among others. Shoe Fly Baby is a collection of stories that successfully blends the work of established writers with new authors - and taken together represents the very best of contemporary short story writing.

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