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Aphrodite's Hat by Salley Vickers
  

Aphrodite's Hat

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This book is sheer delight. With a sharp observation of the minutiae of human life combined with wonderful little twists and turns, the writing is reminiscent of all that so many enjoy in Alexander McCall Smith. Here, Salley Vickers conjures up characters with whom she clearly enjoys having such fun to the extent that we, the reader, cannot but share the writer's enjoyment in the writing by our enjoyment in the reading. If you haven't read her novels, these short stories are a splendid introduction to the talented Ms Vickers. Enjoy.

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Synopsis

Aphrodite's Hat by Salley Vickers

Psychologically acute, sharply written in lucid and often witty prose, these stories, set in Venice, Greece and Rome as well as London and the English countryside, take us into the complex geography of the human heart. Sometimes joyous and humorous, sometimes melancholy and poignant, this collection confirms Salley Vickers' reputation as one of our most subtle and engaging writers.

Reviews

'Aphrodite's Hat is an assured debut, confidently ranging across moods and voices, and deftly pinpointing the moments when her characters most truly reveal themselves. Vickers [puts] love and art into the form.'
Observer

'Sparkles with dry wit and shrewd insights ! terrific'
Mail on Sunday

'A box of delights ! the emotional and technical range of this collection is both impressive and delightfully disorienting ! Frank O'Connor famously said that is was possible for a bad writer to write a good novel, but only a really good writer could write a decent short story. Vickers's first collection proves beyond doubt that she's a really good writer.'
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Guardian

'A deceptively wild, seamlessly well-crafted collection'
The Times

'Beautifully simple with a devastating emotional climax ! with the collection, Vickers proves herself a formidable and astute chronicler of the psychology of love'
Sunday Times

About the Author

Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel and several other bestselling novels including Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Dancing Backwards as well as a collection of short stories Aphrodite's Hat. She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. She is currently a RLF fellow at Newnham College Cambridge and she divides her time between Cambridge and London.

Her first name, Salley (about which she is often asked, and which can cause problems on computer searches for her books), is spelled with an ‘e’ because it is the Irish for ‘willow’ (from the Latin: salix, salicis) as in the W. B. Yeats poem, ‘Down by the salley gardens’.

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Publication date

9th June 2011

Author

Salley Vickers

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www.salleyvickers.com/

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9780007371068

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