England and Other Stories (Paperback)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&E. Meet Holly and Polly, who have come to their own Anglo-Irish understanding; Charlie and Don, who have seen the docks turn into Docklands; Daisy Baker, terrified of Yorkshire; and Johnny Dewhurst, stranded on Exmoor.
Binding these stories together is Graham Swift's 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, ageing, sex and death.
Praise for Mothering Sunday:
'Bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly... Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian
`Alive with sensuousness and sensuality ... wonderfully accomplished, it is an achievement' Sunday Times
`From start to finish Swift's is a novel of stylish brilliance and quiet narrative verve. The archly modulated, precise prose (a hybrid of Henry Green and Kazuo Ishiguro) is a glory to read. Now 66, Swift is a writer at the very top of his game' Evening Standard
`Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know ... It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 232 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 22 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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