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The Method and Other Stories by Tom Vowler
  

The Method and Other Stories

Synopsis

The Method and Other Stories by Tom Vowler

Winner of the 2011 Edge Hill Readers' PrizeThe characters in this award-winning debut collection are very good at losing things: children, lovers, hope, the plot. They discover the past is not a place easily escaped from, as it pursues them with startling, sometimes horrifying, consequences. A writer takes his research a little too far; a couple, stricken with guilt and grief, prepare a last meal; a group of swingers is rocked by the arrival of a new couple; a man takes a train journey to learn how to kill again; a deformed brother and sister exact revenge half a mile underground; a modern-day messiah astonishes a criminal gang, and a father is forever tormented by the few minutes his back was turned.It's impossible not to connect with these lives and the things that happen to them remaining with you long after reading. Provocative and bold, these stories will get under your skin.

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Vowler is not afraid to be new, to be dangerous with it and flaunt his talent. Composed beautifully and saturated with insight and compassion. -- The Short Review I admired the sheer style of the writing, as well as the wryness and authority of the narrative voice. I kept reading out of admiration for the prose (particularly the dialogue). -- Will Atkins * MacMillan New Writing *


About the Author

An award-winning writer living in south-west England, Tom Vowler's short story collection The Method won the inaugural Scott Prize in 2010 and, in 2011, the Edge Hill Readers' Prize. This is his debut novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st November 2010

Author

Tom Vowler

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Author's Website

www.tomvowler.co.uk/

Publisher

Salt Publishing

Format

Paperback
176 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781844718047

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