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Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt

Little Black Book of Stories

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A new collection, mixing folk and fairy tale with everyday life.


Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt

A new collection of stories from A. S. Byatt is always a winner, and this one takes an unexpected turn, bringing shivers as well as delights. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their fears and memories and the strange thing they saw in their childhood - or thought they saw - so long ago. A distinguished obstetrician and young woman artist find they have sharply contrasting ideas about body parts, birth and death; an innocent member of an evening class harbours unexpected view on 'raw material'-The stories in this marvellous collection are by turns funny, spooky, sparkling and haunting.

The Little Black Book of Stories holds its secrets, adding a dark quality to Byatt's famous skill in mixing folk and fairy tale with everyday life.

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These little stories by one of Britain's foremost grandes dames of the writing world are a delightful surprise, packing a much greater punch than many full-length novels... They are moving, thought-provoking, witty and shocking all at once * Sunday Telegraph * A cabinet of curiosities... Glitteringly beautiful. Byatt is a vivid colourist * Sunday Times * As ever, Byatt's language has the clear intensity of a poem * Daily Mail * Byatt is the grande dame of British fiction... Those acquainted with her previous work will recognise her fascination with the supernatural, as well as the erudition and attention to detail that are trademarks of her style * Financial Times * Each story resembles a novel in miniature-there is a unique, experimental feel to this engaging, unsettling collection that will not hinder the author's reputation as a literary giant * Scotland on Sunday *

About the Author

A.S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story writer and critic. Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was Senior lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999. Her most recent novel is A Whistling Woman, the conclusion of the famous 'Frederica' quartet.

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Publication date

4th November 2004


A.S. Byatt

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288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories



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