A collection of short fiction from Patrick Gale. His subjects vary from curious childhood loyalties, long-hidden unsettling memories, newly-discovered joys and dislocated relationships to overwhelming passions.
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‘Nattily subversive, sexually ambiguous, intelligent and disturbing. The prose sizzles with acidic observation.’ Sunday Times
‘Not one of these eleven stories is a dud. All of them are concerned with the fallout that occurs when soft-focussing fantasy collides with hard-nosed reality. The lingering after-effects “lie on the sweeter side of bleak”. Witty, moving and very much alive.’ Time Out
‘Gale has long been a master of short fiction. So it comes as no surprise to find that his first collection of stories shows him to be an adept of the art … the form utilises all his strengths of acute observation, gentle wit and humane acceptance of human diversity … Wit and wisdom, metaphor and moment constantly combine to delight.’ The Times
‘Patrick Gale revels in absurd risks. It’s the promise of an unexpected, and potentially implausible outcome that entices you into his stories. The prose sizzles with acidic observations.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Gale is a master of character, and he slips under the skins of his women protagonists with such wit that it’s often hard to believe he’s a man. From the misplaced passions of a jilted writer these fresh, clear-headed stories are reminiscent of Gale’s back catalogue of acclaimed novels.’ Elle
‘Gale pins down the pain of love and leaving and the no-man’s-land between the apparently real and the illusory. He writes of uncertain memories and threatened loyalties and, in Dressing Up In Voices, of a couple whose passionate, inevitable break-up is traced with unrelenting accuracy.’ Scotland on SundayFrom the Back Cover:
Curious childhood loyalties, long-hidden memories, newly discovered joys, startling secrets, dislocated relationships, overwhelming, thrilling passions. In prose which is vivid and fresh, Patrick Gale explores the subtle boundaries that shift between the fantastic and shockingly real. With characteristic insight and wit and with consummate ease, he draws the reader into lives both familiar and strange, revealing a world that shines with possibilities and will never fail to delight.
"The stories deal with revelation, with what people can become given the right set of circumstances and with the danger that comes with change. Sparky stuff."
"Delightful… the collection includes a Barbara Pym-ish skit about the denizens of a cathedral close, a cautionary tale of a bad tempered girl who gets locked in a wardrobe, and the story of a long-suffering wife who decides its her turn to receive oral sex."
He excels at capturing emotion and deals poignantly with universal themes of love, loss and embarrassment."
"Wit and wisdom, metaphor and moment constantly combine to delight."
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Book Description Flamingo, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Darkened tan to the page edges. Light foxing to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006218966
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