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It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's

by Lisa Blower

It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's Synopsis

The matriarch dominates these award-winning stories in Lisa Blower's debut collection. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of 'Broken Crockery', who has lived and worked in Stoke on Trent for all of her 92 years, never owning a passport, to happy hooker Ruthie in 'The Land of Make Believe'; to sleep deprived Laura in 'The Trees in the Wood'; to young mum Roxanne in 'The Cherry Tree'; she appears in many shapes and forms, and always with a stoicism that is hard to break down. With a sharp eye and tough warmth, Lisa Blower brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins. 'Love, Alvin & Ramona' is an alternative look at the effects of the smoking ban on a life once defined by the celebratory pint and fag at the end of the working week. We see Di's nifty fists in 'Chuck and Di'; Alma Bunny's deep rooted fear of retirement and change in 'Dirty Laundry'; Arnold Bunter's repressed sexuality in 'Smear Campaign'; Lo and her family's emotional inadequacies in 'Hoops'; and the thwarted hero worship of 'Johnny Dangerously'. 'It's gone dark over Bill's mother's' is a Shropshire saying that means it's looking a bit bleak, a little like rain. With origins as a footless and random as the barflies trying to find their meanings in 'Happenstance', it is an expression that sums up this fabulous collection.

It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's Press Reviews

'It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's is worth buying for the first story alone, which is totally fantastic. Heartbreaking is too mundane a way of describing it.' Robin Ince; 'If you enjoy funny, tough, sharp, surprising and unsentimental writing about family life, buy this book.' Chris Power, author of Mothers; 'Her stories are at times the laugh-out-loud funny of Alan Bennett and at others, the achingly sad of the great, David Constantine.'-Paul McVeigh; 'It knew exactly how to play with and exploit the potential of its naive narrative voice-what to say but, far more importantly, what not to say-quite apart from its wit, and the undercurrent of sadness it explored without ever being sentimental.' William Boyd on 'Broken Crockery', 'Collecting the short stories of award-winning author Lisa Blower, It's Gone Dark is a quietly brilliant collection united by its roots in the North, and often by the working-class matriarchs that populate it. With a laser-focus on ordinary lives written from the inside , often overlooked, but no less compelling for it, It's Gone Dark is well worth a read if you're looking for a fresh voice in fiction.' Turnaround 2019 Fiction Staff Picks; ''There are so many contemporary novelists to watch out for. Right now, we should certainly be reading... Lisa Blowers' story collection It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's.... Solid proof that these are good times indeed to be reading writing about working-class life.' Professor Simon Koevesi, Professor of English Literature at Oxford Brookes University.; 'Emotionally draining, hard-hitting and brilliantly written. I came away from this collection with the sense that here is a writer who could take her talent in any direction she wishes.' The Quietus

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912408160
Publication date: 11th April 2019
Author: Lisa Blower
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Short stories, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lisa Blower

Lisa Blower won The Guardian's National Short Story competition in 2009, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013, has been Highly Commended and longlisted for the Bridport Prize for three consecutive years, and was one of just four UK authors longlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2018. Her debut novel Sitting Ducks (Fair Acre Press) was shortlisted for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize 2017 and longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker 2016. Blower is a creative writing lecturer at Bangor University, Wales where she studied for her PhD.

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