Tales of Persuasion (Hardback)Philip Hensher (author)
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Backdrops vary in this collection of stories from turmoil in Sudan following the death of a politician in a plane crash, to southern India where a Soho hedonist starts to envisage the crump and soar of munitions.
Varied and full of their own distinct and unique flavour, each story in this collection, regardless of location, reveals a great writer at the peak of his powers.
Ten daring stories from 'a writer who seems capable of anything' – The Guardian
‘As a fiction writer, Hensher has virtuosity on tap, so every page delivers something enjoyable and even eye-popping; a vibrant exchange, a spry description, a tickling bit of indirect speech’ - New Statesman
A Professor of Creative Writing, former Booker Prize judge and regular contributor to broadsheet publications as a journalist and critic Philip Hensher is as used to casting his eye over the field of contemporary fiction as he is to contributing to it. Widely acclaimed as one of the most talented voices of his generation, he is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel The Northern Clemency and his committed promotion of the short story genre; in 2015 he edited the widely praised anthology The Penguin Book of the British Short Story.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 31 mm
`As a fiction writer, Hensher has virtuosity on tap, so every page delivers something enjoyable and even eye-popping; a vibrant exchange, a spry description, a tickling bit of indirect speech' New Statesman
`Entertainingly varied stories ... Hensher sneaks into a life like a cat burglar, pads around to survey the scene and slips out again, leaving everything quietly disturbed' Literary Review
`Thomas Mann-like in its homoerotic undertones and high-flown hymns to unrequited love but a good deal funnier ... Hensher is deft at locating the moment of crisis when a character experiences a change of heart or a nasty surprise, and life is exposed in all its drab wonder ... Entertainingly varied in tone and setting, the stories combine quaint physical observation with a caustic intelligence' Evening Standard
`Elegant stories that radiate with fine human feeling inspired by altogether muddled lives ... Hensher's prose can be painterly' Financial Times
'Hensher has a pitch-perfect way with language and invented detail' Sunday Times
`A comedy of manners with an occasional dark side' Daily Telegraph
`A delightful read, full of beauty and humour' The Herald
`He is an expert writer, and an expert tone runs through this vigorous collection. Hensher observes all human life with the detachment of a scientist ... He nails lust, hypocrisy, regret and hopefulness with an exquisite eye for detail. Unromantic, and dark at times, this collection is always interesting' Daily Mail
`A brilliantly astute book ... every narrative is unified by Hensher's incredible eye for detail and effortless talent for multi-layered storytelling' Attitude
`Hensher's adaptability as a writer and love of form brings us clever, ravishing and moving storytelling' Monocle
`It's Hensher writ large: poignant without sentimentalising, acutely observant of the mores of the modern world, but profoundly interested in the timeless search for the meaning of life.' Observer