Heartbreaking, masterful...Astonishing compassion and restraint... Fitzgeraldesque."
This collection appeared on Radio 4, won the Rubery Prize, was a contender for the Edgehill Prize, and includes stories which have won, or been shortlisted for: The Asham, The London Magazine Short Story Prize, The Telegraph Short Story Prize, The Bristol, The Fish, The Write Idea Prize, The Glass Woman Prize, The Royal Academy Pin Drop Award, The Prolitzer Prize and The Rubery Prize.) You can listen to a clip on Radio 4 here.
Melanie Whipman's bold debut collection is remarkable for its range, emotional force and dark humour. In these beautifully crafted tales of escapism and rebellion the surreal flickers around the margins of the everyday. Ordinary events tip over into misfortune, violence and despair. The collection offers a series of unsettling portraits of the lost, the young, the marginalised at their most vulnerable. These sharply imagined tales merge the grotesque and the tragic with humour and poignancy, evoking life's diversity and unpredictability with style and control.
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