The Book of Liverpool: A City in Short Fiction (Reading the City)

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A baby blown out of an upstairs window by a WWII bomb lives to hear others tell the tale... A woman embarks on a long-term obsession with a city landmark, abandoning her lover for the Liver... A bricklayer working on the foundations of a never-built cathedral becomes its evangelist, its full splendour soaring only in his mind... Bringing together fiction from some of the city's most celebrated writers, The Book of Liverpool traces the unique contours that decades of social and economic change can impress on a city. Set against key historical moments from the Second World War to the Capital of Culture year, these stories question what belonging and home mean in the Liverpudlian context, from the regenerated city centre to satellite suburbs, from the sparring cathedrals to the no-go concrete housing estates. Liverpool emerges in these short stories as a city in constant flux: haunted by ghosts, buoyed up by myths, and shifting with an ebb and flow like the Mersey itself.

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Spanning the last five decades of Liverpool's history, the specially commissioned pieces in this collection revel in the story of the city itself--the legendary life and culture that gave the world The Beatles, along with the struggle and tragedy that comes with growth and change in the city's communities. Compiled to coincide with Liverpool being named the European Capital of Culture, these stories include new works by Booker Prize-winner Barry Unsworth, Whitbred Poetry Prize-winner Roger McGough, and legendary horror writer Ramsey Campbell--all of whom provide insightful and colorful perspectives on Liverpudlian life.

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'A literary gem that will share a niche in my library with M.R. James and E. F. Benson...' --Metapsychology Online

'Words thrive here, carried on the saline breeze of the Mersey and twisted round agile tongues into sentences as resilient as the sandstone blocks in the Town Hall walls...' --The Liverpool Daily Post

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