The Atmospheric Railway: New and Selected Stories

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9780099469674: The Atmospheric Railway: New and Selected Stories

Shena Mackay, one of the very best short story writers in the world, has written thirteen brilliant new stories. This collection also contains twenty-three more from her previous collections, making The Atmospheric Railway a delight for existing admirers and newcomers alike.

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Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh. She is the author of four previous collections of stories - Babies in Rhinestones, Dreams of Dead Women's Handbags, The Laughing Academy and The World's Smallest Unicorn. Her novels include Dunedin, The Orchard on Fire (which was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize), The Artist's Widow and Heligoland (which was shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize).

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"Mackay's observational precision is outstanding; she writes like an angel wielding a scalpel, dissecting her characters with sublime, sharp-edged prose... Her stories are grand entertainment" Guardian "You have to marvel at the brilliance of her prose and the intelligent humanity of her voice" Evening Standard "Her work is unlike anyone else's... a new book from Mackay is cause for celebration... The Atmospheric Railway deserves a fanfare... Shena Mackay is nothing short of a national treasure" -- Cressida Connolly Spectator "A brilliant new collection, a rare treat" -- Natalie Sandison The Times "With this polished collection, she proves to anybody who might still view the short story as somehow inferior to the novel that the opposite is true - it is an art form at which few authors manage to excel at this level. The Atmospheric Railway is an absolute delight" -- Vanessa Curtis Scotland on Sunday

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