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June 2015 Book of the Month.
A collection of stories giving us glimpses into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people; twenty-five stories which by turn are moving, unsettling and entertaining. Putting all that together they become very good indeed. Each story is a snapshot of the strange ways life deals with people. Swift is a great storyteller and these short pieces speak eloquently to us about life as it is lived. There are light moments, two historical tales and one about the awkwardness of love, the processes of growing up and aging and many about the intrusion of death into life. Ration yourself to one a day, to make them last. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
A collection of new stories from the Booker-prize winning author of Last Orders and Waterland; 'a powerful statement about English ways of life and death' Independent on Sunday Meet Dr Shah, who has never been to India, and Mrs Kaminski, on her way to Poland via A&E. Meet Holly and Polly, who have come to their own Anglo-Irish understanding; Charlie and Don, who have seen the docks turn into Docklands; Daisy Baker, terrified of Yorkshire; and Johnny Dewhurst, stranded on Exmoor. Binding these stories together is Graham Swift's affectionate but unflinching instinct for the story of us all: an evocation of that mysterious body that is a nation, deepened by the palpable sense of our individual bodies finding or losing their way in the nationless territory of birth, ageing, sex and death.
Closing date: 04/10/2020
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||4th June 2015|
|Publisher:||Scribner UK an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Shorter Reads,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,|
Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of nine novels; two collections of short stories; and Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and with Last Orders the Booker Prize. Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages. Author photo © Ekko von SchwichowMore About Graham Swift