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A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce
  

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As read on Radio 4, seven linked stories set in the Christmas holidays - all as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.

If you like Rachel Joyce you might also like to read books by Patricia Wood, Maria Semple and Reif Larsen.

Synopsis

A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce

A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit. The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son's Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage. Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth...The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing? A Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it. I'll Be Home for Christmas The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas. Trees: As if Christmas wasn't wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground ...Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.

Reviews

'Full of bittersweet Christmas moments. A real gem.' Good Housekeeping

'These stories are heartwarming.' -- Imogen Lycett Green Daily Mail

'Joyce is warm and very funny, and she has a merciless eye for those nightmare moments when weaknesses are exposed and everything is called into question.' -- Kate Saunders The Times

'The perfect tonic for tinsel-itis, [A Snow Garden] is laced with quietly devastating observations on love and marriage.' -- Hephzibah Anderson Observer

'As sparkling and Christmassy as a selection box.' Sunday Mirror

About the Author

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014. Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl..

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Publication date

3rd November 2016

Author

Rachel Joyce

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www.rachel-joyce.co.uk/

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781784162047

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