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All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod
  

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Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this collection captures the surprising joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.

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All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod

Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded,blending fiction, biography and memoir Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures. In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman emerges from mourning and wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the edge of consciousness as he awaits a new heart - and is transported to an attic room half a century ago. In an ancient Yorkshire churchyard, the author visits Sylvia Plath's grave and makes an unexpected connection across time. On a trip to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the ultimate spiritual test. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by the past, all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes.

Reviews

'Like a piece of finely wrought ironwork, uncommonly delicate but at the same time astonishingly strong and tensile ... a novel of staggering elegance and beauty' Independent

'An intelligent, perceptive novel by a writer of great descriptive power ... Like her modernist forebears, MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist - her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide pageturner' Daily Mail

'MacLeod's fictions are evocations of desire and its mysteries ... [Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to' Guardian

'Compelling, fast-paced, powerful. The descriptions of wartime Brighton are pin-sharp ... the denouement is as heartrending as it is unexpected' Financial Times

'Finely wrought, moving and haunting. What a wonderful novel this is. Bravo Alison MacLeod' -- Polly Samson

'Unexploded is an unforgettable book. With exquisitely researched and rendered detail, the author plunges us into the panic and paranoia of war' -- Bidisha

'A persuasive period setting, an intricate plot, sumptuous prose' Daily Telegraph

'MacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of life' Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Alison MacLeod was raised in Canada and has lived in England since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, and of a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Unexploded was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and lives in Brighton.

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Publication date

9th March 2017

Author

Alison Macleod

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

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

ISBN

9781408863756

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