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Edge Words: Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature: 1 [Paperback]

Peter Blair

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Book Description

9 May 2007
An anthology of 20 of the best stories entered for the 2006 Cheshire Prize for Literature, including the four prize-winning entries. The stories are extremely varied. A fishmonger dreams of romance in the Orkneys, an emigrant comes home from South Africa, and a backpacker tries to quell his wanderlust. An army cadet plots revenge upon a bully, a soldier's actions in Kosova have unexpected consequences, and a veteran wrestles with what he did as a Japanese prisoner of war. This is a collection that locates the local within the international and discovers the extraordinary in the everyday. Couples fall in and out of love, families fracture and endure. Dogs are less than man's best friends, and sinister creatures are conjured by the darkness. Ghosts haunt a guesthouse and a computer, while clocks tell more than the time. The collection thus embraces the full range of human experience, from first kiss to last rites and beyond, enabling us to see the world afresh, dropping through the surface of life, sounding the depths and rippling out to explore the edges of our world. The first prize-winner in the competition was Simon Gotts and the runner-ups were Diane Booth, Leslie Carter and Clive McWilliam. The other contributors are Thomas J. Arnold, Rachael Bate, Anne-Marie Biggs, Tim Casson, Trixi Field, John Sam Jones, Mike Kielty, Maria Maw, Tony Murfin, Janet Nicholson, Don Nixon, Anthea Paget, Kath Pilsbury, Sheila Powell, Richard Rayner and Melanie Yip. The foreword is by the Chairman if the Judging Panel, Ashley Chantler.

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  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Chester Academic Press; 1st edition (9 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905929293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905929290
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,023,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Die Booth is a fan of pencil notes, dressing up and making your own magic. An award-winning writer who works mainly in the horror and fantasy genres, Die likes to seek out the illusive in the ordinary and lift the veil of everyday life and can often be found investigating abandoned buildings and shooting stuff with arrows, or toy cameras.

Re-Vamp, a collection of back-to-the-roots horror stories co-edited with L.C. Hu, was released in October 2011.

Die's new novel Spirit Houses, a tale of possession, betrayal and lovely cups of tea is due out on Friday 13th September 2013.

You can visit Die at http://diebooth.wordpress.com/

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Peter Blair (editor) is Lecturer in English at the University of Chester, where he specialises in twentieth-century literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, and creative writing. He was formerly an editor with a publishing company, and has made numerous contributions to major reference books. Peter s poems and stories have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, and he has been shortlisted and runner-up in the short story section of the Bridport Prize. He has published articles and reviews on various aspects of South African literature, and is currently writing a book on the liberal tradition in the South African novel.

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