Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (Hardback)
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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 28/08/2014
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A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatalite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408857168

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Angie at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street

“Impish humour and eloquence turned to the various afflictions and (mis)adventures of old age, full of chuckle-worthy speculative elements.”

This book has kind of made me obsessed with Margaret Atwood. The only previous thing I had read by her was The Handmaid's Tale, almost 20 years ago, but these stories (possibly not even close to her best work)... More

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