Property: A Collection (Hardback)
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Property: A Collection (Hardback)

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'Shriver is at her best here, an acerbic comedian, Dickensian in style, whose vibrant characters are best seen in dramatic action and dialogue' - Financial Times

Property is the first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver

This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of property in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver's world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.

In the stunning novella The Standing Chandelier, a woman with a history of attracting other women's antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his wife-to-be. In Domestic Terrorism, a thirty-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a standoff that renders him a Millennial cause celebre.

In The ChapStick, a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. In Vermin, an artistic Brooklyn couple's purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once passionate relationship. In The Subletter, two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over claim to a territory that doesn't belong to either.

This immensely readable collection showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time, described by the Sunday Times as '...a brilliant writer' with '...a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice'.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008265229
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'All Shriver's stories are satisfying. I exhaled a little triumphant "Ha!" at the end of each one ... Shriver is brilliant' - The Times

'Shriver remains a formidably sharp writer, one of the best we have' - Evening Standard

'Shriver is at her best here, an acerbic comedian, Dickensian in style, whose vibrant characters are best seen in dramatic action and dialogue' - Financial Times

`Whip smart ... Crisp, conversational and convincingly true to life, Shriver's stories are a treat' - Daily Mail

'Genius' - Stylist

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“Bitter sweet insight into modern world....”

In this book of short stories Shriver explores the theme of how possessing belongings, people and places define us in a modern world. Each story has its own recognisable parable, whether it's parental angst with... More

Hardback edition
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“Amazing”

It would be hard to a pick a favourite from this collection of short stories- I loved them all!

Lionel Shriver is an immensely talented author, and this collection reflects that beautifully. These stories are funny,... More

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“Diverse & Memorable!”

This is a collection of stories with a common theme - property  - by a very accomplished author.

Whether the property concerned is a home or an item, each story provides plenty of food for though, a touch of humour... More

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