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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'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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Ramsey Campbell is described by the Oxford Companion to English Literature as 'Britain's most respected living horror writer', and in 1991 was voted the Horror Writer's Horror Writer in the Observer Magazine. He sold his first story, 'The Church in the High Street', to August Derleth in 1962. Leaving school that same year, his first collection, The Inhabitant of the Lake and less Welcome Tenants appeared from Derleth's Arkham House imprint two years later. Although his early fiction was heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos (yet set in a distinctly British milieu), his subsequent books and stories have revealed him to be a unique voice in horror fiction. His numerous novels include the award-winning The Face That Must Die, and Incarnate, and most recently Thieving Fear (PS Publishing) and The Grin of the Dark (Virgin Paperbacks). Frank Cottrell Boyce is a novelist and screenwriter. His film credits include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie, 24 Hour Party People and A Cock and Bull Story. In 2004, his debut novel Millions won the Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Award. His second novel, Framed, was published by Macmillan in 2005. Margaret Murphy is the author of eight critically acclaimed psychological crime novels. Her first, Goodnight My Angel, was shortlisted for the First Blood award for debut crime fiction. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers' Association and a founder member of Murder Squad, a touring collective of crime writers. Winner of the year 2000 CWA Leo Harris award, she reviews crime fiction and regularly writes articles for Crime Time, as well as being a contributor to Radio 4's The Message. Brian Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough, with the publication of the ground-breaking anthology, The Mersey Sound (1967). His own collections include Little Johnny's Confession (1967), Vanishing Trick (1976), Love Poems (1981), Storm Damage (1988), and Armada (1996). He is a popular broadcaster, and editor and is author of several best-selling poetry collections for children, most famously Gargling with Jelly: A Collection of Poems (1985) and Juggling with Gerbils (2000). This is his first short story.

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