- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: SALT PUBLISHING (1 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844718042
- ISBN-13: 978-1844718047
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,161,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Method, The (Salt Modern Fiction) Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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I admired the sheer style of the writing, as well as the wryness and authority of the narrative voice. I kept reading out of admiration for the prose (particularly the dialogue). -- Will Atkins MacMillan New Writing Vowler is not afraid to be new, to be dangerous with it and flaunt his talent. Composed beautifully and saturated with insight and compassion. -- The Short Review
About the Author
Tom lives in south-west England, on the edge of a moor, where he moved to finish a novel set there. His blog about the experience received 9,000 hits in its first year. In 2007 he completed an MA in creative writing, and since then his short stories have appeared widely. A chapter from his first novel came in the top ten of the Richard & Judy 'How to Get Published' competition, which received 46,000 entries. Tom is the assistant editor of the literary journal Short Fiction.
Top Customer Reviews
The very best stories of the bunch are those concerning childhood and family bonds. "There Are New Birthdays Now," in which a couple's daughter has been abducted, delivers a devastating emotional punch. The story of a brother and sister who come together in the wake of their father's death ("Busy. Come. Wait") is a vivid rendering of sibling disconnection and subsequent reconnection. Another highlight is "Homecoming" in which a young offender is released from a secure unit and returns to the scene of his crime, reviewing his youthful violence with older, wiser eyes. The most moving and accomplished story of the collection is the final one, "The Little Man," in which a brother exacts revenge for acts of cruelty committed against his sister.
There were a couple of stories that I disliked, but overall this is an impressive and enjoyable collection.
If someone asks to borrow this book from you, the answer should be no. Because it's a volume that improves upon each reading. The message is: Buy your own; you won't regret it.
Vowler's stories are beautifully written. His style is spare and stark, and sometimes the reader needs to go back and check what she has just read. The chilling tale 'The Little Man', which closes the collection, is told in such an understated manner that I had to read the ending twice to make sure I'd not missed anything.
If you enjoy well-written short stories, that are just a bit different, this is a collection you will love.
This unique collection is so varied and gripping, I read it in one sitting. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written and very sensitive. Made me love short stories even more. I hope Tom Vowler will continue writing short fiction, he clearly has a talent for it. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by Silly01
really enjoyed every last page of this deviously dense tome, hooks you like your favourite box set. Lent it to a workmate , that's always rewarding... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2011 by suitorjonny
The finely written stories in The Method catch us like night creatures in an intense beam of light. We may escape, but fur has been ruffled, curiosity spellbound. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2010 by Mary Beith
Yes? Then pick up this book. Stop reading the reviews, try and track a copy down, curl up on a sofa with your choice of drink and read until you've finished. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2010 by E L Jordan
Masterful story telling. Bold, evocative thought-provoking... each story leaves a powerful impression. My only sorrow was that I got through it so fast. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2010 by B. W. Whately
I was hooked after the first story - as cliched as that might sound, it's true. This collection is fantastic debut, in fact it's fantastic by any standard. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2010 by Miss J. Campbell