England and Other Stories (Hardback)Graham Swift (author)
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Meet Dr Shah who has never been to India and Mrs Kaminski, on her way to Poland via A meet Holly and Polly who have come to their own Anglo-Irish understanding and Lily Hobbs, married to a shirt; Charlie and Don who have seen the docks turn into Docklands; Mr Wilkinson the weirdo next door; Daisy Baker who is terrified of Yorkshire; and Johnny Dewhurst, stranded on Exmoor.
Graham Swift steers us effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography. In doing so he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy.
Binding these stories together is Swift's grasp of the universal in the local and his affectionate but unflinching instinct for the story of us all: an evocation of that mysterious body that is a nation, deepened by the palpable sense of our individual bodies finding or losing their way in the nationless territory of birth, growing up, sex, ageing and death.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 524 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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It's a bit like listening to separate conversations whilst taking a long train journey from Plymouth to Newcastle.
Some are better than others, but its a decent read.
“Deceptively Simple and Easy to Read”
A fine collection of short stories. They're all easy to read, which means the writer's put in a lot of work to make it that way, and he's done a really good job at it. Some of the tales linger, but most... More
I was sent the paperback to review but cannot find this version on the site so am leaving my comments here in the hardback section. I seem to have read a different book to the other previous reviewers as they seemed... More
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