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Lying in Bed [Kindle Edition]

Polly Samson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Polly Samson's first collection of short stories reveals a woman steeped in the psychodrama of emotional manipulation. Even the youngest of her narrators are expert in beguiling their parents into a false sense of security, only to spring a fiendishly executed surprise on them which overturns the false assumptions of their adult world. In "Subterfuge", a minx of a teenager hoards lacy knickers at the back of her cupboard whilst meekly offering her navy blue pants to Mum for washing. The ruse is perfect, until sex and drugs rear their ugly head and Mum realises her little madam is a thorn in the family's side and swiftly removes her. Elsewhere, a thirtysomething woman regrets the child she will never have and settles for her childishly demanding husband--an open-ended denouement that hints at the endless mental agony of unfulfilled dreams. Meanwhile, her friend in "The Mermaid's Purse" makes her choice, finds a sperm donor and wreaks havoc in everyone's life but her own. Selfishness pays out, it seems, and the casualties are left to wreak revenge, or suffer in silence. Samson's skill lies in digging beneath that silence to communicate the warped tales we tell ourselves in order to survive. --Lilian Pizzichini

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'Polly Samson is no minor talent ... prose that makes you miss your bus stop' GUARDIAN 'Highly intelligent, fresh and compelling. Samson has definitely made her mark' THE TIMES 'Samson's writing is fluent ... She has a slyness that occasionally recalls Roald Dahl' SUNDAY TIMES 'Samson is a sympathetic and observant narrator... these are clever, elegant pieces, complex, compact and memorable.' INDEPENDENT 'An engaging and unsettling collection.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Her fluent emotional vocabulary and dark-edged descriptive clarity lend credence to some of her more proposterous conceits and give her fiction a disconcerting edge.' TIME OUT 'There is no denying Samson's inchoate talent.' NEW STATESMAN 'Polly Samson's first collection of short stories reveals a woman steeped in the psychodrama of emotional manipulation. Even the youngest of her narrators are expert in beguiling their parents into a false sense of security, only to spring a fiendishly executed surprise on them which overturns the false assumptions of their adult world. In "Subterfuge", a minx of a teenager hoards lacy knickers at the back of her cupboard whilst meekly offering her navy blue pants to Mum for washing. The ruse is perfect, until sex and drugs rear their ugly head and Mum realises her little madam is a thorn in the family's side and swiftly removes her. Elsewhere, a thirtysomething woman regrets the child she will never have and settles for her childishly demanding husband--an open-ended denouement that hints at the endless mental agony of unfulfilled dreams. Meanwhile, her friend in "The Mermaid's Purse" makes her choice, finds a sperm donor and wreaks havoc in everyone's life but her own. Selfishness pays out, it seems, and the casualties are left to wreak revenge, or suffer in silence. Samson's skill lies in digging beneath that silence to communicate the warped tales we tell ourselves in order to survive.' - Lilian Pizzichini, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (2 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DNWE6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable 2 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is my book of the year (so far). The characters all seem like people I know and I had to keep turning the pages to find out what fates awaited them all. Fantastic descriptions of heartaches and children and love affairs gone awry. Funny, gripping and genuinely moving, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys serious fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I have just finished reading Polly Samson's Lying in Bed and I think that her stories are as good as any I've ever read. Margaret Atwood and Helen Simpson have always been my favourite short story writers and now I must add Polly Samson to the list. The way she treats sex and love is so well-observed and spikey that I had to keep reading passages aloud to my friends and I agree with the reviewers who compare her to Roald Dahl: there's always a sting in the tale. I recommend this book to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 11 Oct 2013
By a crane
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great collection of short stories by a very talented writer. I recommend all three of her books, and can't wait for her new one to come out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice stings in the stories 7 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Samson's descriptions are a little "writing class". I think she still needs to learn how to make sure that the descriptions don't distract from the story. For example, one character was described as having eyes like mussels, and I took a 30 second break to think what she could possibly have meant by that...

however, the stories and the sentiments are brilliant. Quite biting, with bordering-on-macabre twists. Good fun to read, especially for women. I'm planning on reading her other two books on the strength of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars subversive and scary 21 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
I was so impressed by Polly Sampson's most recent book of short stories that I ordered the back catalogue. The first story in this book has an event so shocking I gasped out loud, well almost, on the bus. Don't miss it.
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