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All the Beloved Ghosts (Hardback)
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All the Beloved Ghosts (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 09/03/2017
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARDS Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded, blending fiction, biography and memoir Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures. In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman emerges from mourning and wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the edge of consciousness as he awaits a new heart - and is transported to an attic room half a century ago. In an ancient Yorkshire churchyard, the author visits Sylvia Plath's grave and makes an unexpected connection across time. On a trip to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the ultimate spiritual test. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by the past, all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this collection captures the surprising joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408863756
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 393 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Like a piece of finely wrought ironwork, uncommonly delicate but at the same time astonishingly strong and tensile . . . a novel of staggering elegance and beauty * Independent *
An intelligent, perceptive novel by a writer of great descriptive power ... Like her modernist forebears, MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist - her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide pageturner * Daily Mail *
MacLeod's fictions are evocations of desire and its mysteries . . . [Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to * Guardian *
Compelling, fast-paced, powerful. The descriptions of wartime Brighton are pin-sharp . . . the denouement is as heartrending as it is unexpected * Financial Times *
Finely wrought, moving and haunting. What a wonderful novel this is. Bravo Alison MacLeod -- Polly Samson
Unexploded is an unforgettable book. With exquisitely researched and rendered detail, the author plunges us into the panic and paranoia of war -- Bidisha
A persuasive period setting, an intricate plot, sumptuous prose * Daily Telegraph *
MacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of life * Times Literary Supplement *
Full of simmering tension, resentment and unexpressed passion . . . A bold, cleverly-told story from a writer who knows exactly what she's doing -- Viv Groskop * Observer *
The author's grasp of emotions, and history of art as well as politics, lend depth and charge ... [There is also] the sensuality of MacLeod's prose, whether dealing with art, desire or love; and her uncanny way of allowing us to experience the thought processes of her characters as if they are traversing our own brain synapses * Independent on Sunday *
Alison MacLeod is a strikingly original voice. Her stories create intimate worlds ... and make the reader live in them with an intensity which is haunting, disturbing and above all beguiling -- Helen Dunmore
MacLeod's range - spanning the movingly real to the mysteriously surreal - is excitingly, imaginatively realised and unified in awareness of the dark menace of love's uncertainty * Metro *
Excellence book-ended by brilliance ... An eruption of ideas and linguistic flair ... Highly recommended * Time Out *
Compelling characters and pin-sharp insights into their emotional and psychological landscapes are Alison MacLeod's strong suit ... These are arresting tales; undercurrents of passion swirl beneath their controlled, elegant surfaces -- Book of the Week * The Lady *
if you only read one book of short-stories this year, it should be this one ... MacLeod obviously loves taking risks - mixing the metaphysical with the mundane - and she is so brilliant at it that she never fails to keep the reader engaged * Daily Mail *
This blurring of reality and imagination gives the stories an unsettling quality ... The stories exercise a hypnotic effect, providing a kaleidoscope of life, colour and anguish -- The best new literary fiction * Daily Express *
Throughout these stories we are reminded, with skillful subtlety, of just how much the past is integral to the present * Country Life *
Seamlessly knots together essayistic and imaginative modes of writing...McLeod's formal sophistication and her impeccably elegant, richly textured prose make this another collection to savour -- Edmund Gordon * Sunday Times *
Short story lovers will devour Alison MacLeod's evocative All The Beloved Ghosts * Stylist *
The story entitled 'We Are Methodists' proved as page-turning as any thriller ... The stories are clever and meaningful, but in a good way: perfectly balanced, told with wit, insight and delicious phrasing. Brilliant! * Sussex Life *

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