Author(s): Alison Macleod
Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded,blending fiction, biography and memoir Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures. In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the cusp of consciousness as he awaits a new heart - and is transported into the past. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories unfold at the line between reality and fiction, capturing the unexpected joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.
Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded, blending fiction, biography and memoir
Like a piece of finely wrought ironwork, uncommonly delicate but at the same time astonishingly strong and tensile ... a novel of staggering elegance and beauty Independent An intelligent, perceptive novel by a writer of great descriptive power ... Like her modernist forebears, MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist - her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide pageturner Daily Mail MacLeod's fictions are evocations of desire and its mysteries ... [Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to Guardian Compelling, fast-paced, powerful. The descriptions of wartime Brighton are pin-sharp ... the denouement is as heartrending as it is unexpected Financial Times Finely wrought, moving and haunting. What a wonderful novel this is. Bravo Alison MacLeod -- Polly Samson Unexploded is an unforgettable book. With exquisitely researched and rendered detail, the author plunges us into the panic and paranoia of war -- Bidisha A persuasive period setting, an intricate plot, sumptuous prose Daily Telegraph MacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of life Times Literary Supplement Full of simmering tension, resentment and unexpressed passion ... A bold, cleverly-told story from a writer who knows exactly what she's doing -- Viv Groskop Observer The author's grasp of emotions, and history of art as well as politics, lend depth and charge ... [There is also] the sensuality of MacLeod's prose, whether dealing with art, desire or love; and her uncanny way of allowing us to experience the thought processes of her characters as if they are traversing our own brain synapses Independent on Sunday Alison MacLeod is a strikingly original voice. Her stories create intimate worlds ... and make the reader live in them with an intensity which is haunting, disturbing and above all beguiling -- Helen Dunmore MacLeod's range - spanning the movingly real to the mysteriously surreal - is excitingly, imaginatively realised and unified in awareness of the dark menace of love's uncertainty Metro Excellence book-ended by brilliance ... An eruption of ideas and linguistic flair ... Highly recommended Time Out
Alison MacLeod was born in Canada and has lived in the UK since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Alison MacLeod is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton. alison-macleod.com