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The Art of Contraception (Bright Young Things (Quality)) [Paperback]

Susie Wild
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25 Sep 2010 Bright Young Things (Quality)
A talent for razor-sharp, satirical observation - Nigel Jenkins Susie Wild's debut collection is a quirky mix in which tales of the fantastic and the everyday are told with inimitable style and flair. The deranged cravings of a mum-to-be lead to the accidental poisoning of her co-worker in 'Pica'. Rob holidays in his bathroom and dreams about his underage love interest in 'Aquatic Life'. The poignant and subtle novella 'Arrivals' unfolds slowly, revealing a mother and daughter in opposite corners of the planet, both experiencing their own personal revelation.

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (25 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906998035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906998035
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susie Wild is a writer, journalist and editor based in south Wales. She was born in London and her words have appeared all over the shop, including Bugged...Writings from Overhearings (CompletelyNovel.com, 2010), Nu: fiction & stuff (Parthian Books, 2009), Spilt Milk, Mslexia, The Stage, The Guardian, New Welsh Review, Planet, The Big Issue, Agenda, the BBC, and Clash Magazine. She regularly performs her poetry in dives and dance halls. The Art of Contraception is her first book. It was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011 and won 'Fiction Book of the Year' in the Welsh Icons Awards 2010. Her Kindle ebook novella 'Arrivals' was released globally through Parthian Books in May 2011. Susie also has three poems in the Parthian anthology Nu2: Memorable Firsts (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nu2-Memorable-Firsts-Tomos-Owen/dp/1906998299) which was published in July 2011. She is the editor at Parthian Books, the hostess of Cardiff Literary Salon, literary programmer at Do Not Go Gentle festival and a co-organiser of xx women's writing festival. Most recently she has edited Rarebit, an illustrated anthology of 21 short stories, released through Parthian on 1st January 2014.


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'amusingly quirky and darkly humorous.' --Harri Roberts, Planet Magazine (no.201)

'Wild has a talent for writing about human oddness' --Carys Bray, postnatalconfession.blogspot.com, 10 April 2011

'Veering from the purely observational into a strangely unnerving other-worldliness, these stories have at times a Lynchian quality'
--Book of the Month, Buzz Magazine, 1 October 2010

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The Art of Contraception was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011 and won 'Fiction Book of the Year' in the Welsh Icons Awards 2010.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, poignant, and scathingly funny 16 Aug 2011
This collection of short stories about urban Welsh life is a promising debut from newcomer Susie Wild. She's got a real knack for characterization, and finding subtle symbols in our everyday lives that reflect the themes of her stories. As you can probably guess from the title, the stories revolve around the complexities of modern living, particularly for young people trying to find their way through the maze of love, sex, and relationships. There are a number of great stories - my personal favourites being 'Stung' and 'Pocillovy'. I was so struck by the collection I downloaded her e-book, which is a novella in the same vein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific First Collection 7 Nov 2010
I am dreading finishing Susie Wild's first collection of short stories. I really don't know what I'll do next, I have a fear that, after reading this brilliant selection of witty, cutting and well crafted short stories, the next book I pick up maybe a terrible disappointment.

More from Susie Wild please!
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