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Some New Ambush

by Carys Davies

Some New Ambush Synopsis

Some New Ambush is the first collection of short stories from award-winning writer Carys Davies. Love, loss, birth, death, betrayal, madness - they all lie in wait for Davies's characters in their startlingly different worlds: a dry cleaner's shop in contemporary Chicago, a mining town in South Wales in the sixties, a lunatic asylum in nineteenth century northern England. Shot through with wit and aching emotional poignancy, these stories tell of how we attempt to confront the things life throws in our path - often when we least expect them, and in places where we never thought to look. They tell of the mistakes we make along the way, and of how we try to deal with the whole difficult, unpredictable business. There is the boy who steps into his best friend's clothes in a desperate bid to fulfil his dreams, the man who comes up with an amazing new invention to win the heart of the woman he loves, the bored young wife doomed to live on an island where everything is red, the middle-aged woman who finds a baby in the sand and passes it off as her own.

Some New Ambush Press Reviews

The stories move seamlessly between the familiar and the surreal, between reality and fantasy, sanity and madness... The attention is focused as through a magnifying glass and we are hooked, drawn into an imaginary world of which we wish to know more... her spare, concise, clear style is ideally suited to a genre in which every word must earn its keep. -- Hazel Watson * Book Club Reviews - Bromley local meeting * Already known for its poetry, Salt is developing an ever-stronger short-story list as well. The 15 pieces in Carys Davies's darkly funny and unsettling collection usually begin with quite small things , only to edge gently into an emotional abyss in dank Welsh towns, airless Victorian parlours or mouldering libraries. The half-hidden passions of Ugly Sister could be a lost slice of Dylan Thomas, while the ousted Latin teacher of Historia Calamatitum Mearum has an Atwood-esque prickly wit that surfaces elsewhere. Arrivals and departures often trigger crises - but then, as Metamorphosis puts it, Take-off and landing are the most dangerous times -- Boyd Tonkin * The Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844713417
Publication date: 1st October 2007
Author: Carys Davies
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 120 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Carys Davies

Carys Davies was the winner of the the 2010 Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, the 2011 Royal Society of Literature's V S Pritchett Memorial Prize, and a 2013 Northern Writers' Award. She has been shortlisted and longlisted for many other prizes including the Calvino Prize, the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Roland Mathias Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Wales Book of the Year and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Prize. Born in Wales, she now lives in Lancaster.

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