Wallflowers (Hardback)
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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 15/01/2015
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A small boy and his grandmother set sail for China in the mud of her back yard; a supermarket car park becomes a graveyard of strewn blueberries; migratory birds fly over a marshland ringing with the sound of wooden spoons on kitchen pots; and the breaking of a silence between two roommates leads to disquieting revelations. Eliza Robertson's delicate and startling stories tell of the adventure of the ordinary and the magic within the everyday. Here there are swindlers and innocents, unlikely heroes and gritty survivors; they teach us how to trap hummingbirds, relinquish dreams gracefully and feed raccoons without getting bitten. From windswept Pacific beaches to cafes in the heart of Lisbon, and from the depths of puddles on mountain running paths to the heights of extrasolar plant 51 Osiris C, these are tales of wildness and wonder, of animals in search of an escape and outsiders looking for a way back in.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408856796
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Robertson's prose can stand alongside any writer I think to name ... her style and her stories are uniquely her own, at once observant and playful, sometimes wise, sometimes ironic, always lyrical and always haunting * D. W. Wilson, author of Ballistics *
A moving and surprising collection of stories * Colin McAdam, author of A Beautiful Truth *
With grace, beauty and true grit, Eliza Robertson makes the familiar shockingly and blindingly fresh, like the world after a cleansing rain * Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives *
Wonderfully weird ... beautifully written * Elle Canada *
Captivating ... Amid the catastrophe, there is a delicate beauty in the details Robertson selects * Scotland on Sunday *
Confirms her as a significant new talent ... The ordinary and everyday become imbued with a strange significance, albeit with a feather-light touch; Robertson's prose is never weighed down, even as it imparts a sense of uneasiness, anticipation ... Robertson lets images vibrate with possibilities. Almost every story, individually, is sharp, illuminating * Independent on Sunday *
An unsettling debut collection of short stories * Mail on Sunday *
Robertson is often thus adventurous when it comes to her structures ... It's the richness of her prose that draws one in * Independent *
Her stories display a startlingly original way of looking at the world, finding magic and mystery in ordinary life ... An exciting new voice in short fiction * The Lady *
The stories in Eliza Robertson's first collection are filled with lush flora and fauna, both real and figurative ... Assured and ambitious * Guardian *
Wallflowers is perfect for dipping in and out of, like a bag of pick `n' mix; the stories have varied settings and the narrators are all snappingly distinct. And like pick `n' mix, it's difficult to stop after just one -- Sara Taylor * Metro, 'On my e-reader' *
A young writer who succeeds in imagining the world afresh * Independent *

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