Aphrodite's Hat

by Salley Vickers

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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.

Aphrodite's Hat Synopsis

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.

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Aphrodite's Hat Press 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.'

'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.'
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'A deceptively wild, seamlessly well-crafted collection'
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'Beautifully simple with a devastating emotional climax ! with the collection, Vickers proves herself a formidable and astute chronicler of the psychology of love'
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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007371068
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007371037
Publication date: 28/10/2010
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007371068
Publication date: 9th June 2011
Author: Salley Vickers
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About 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 ‘...

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