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D.W. Wilson's stories have a wonderfully raw, vernacular energy which carries the reader through some dark and spitefully funny moments. This is a cracking read (Jon McGregor)
Combining taut, highly economical observations of men in their day to day lives with real tenderness and a restrained lyricism about the natural world ... affecting stories about men and women ... beautiful ... A massive achievement (John Burnside, Guardian)
'The Dead Roads' was the stand-out winner of the 2011 BBC Short Story Award. My worry was that it might also be the stand-out story in this debut collection, but no - the standard is consistently, astonishingly high throughout. There are echoes of Wells Tower and Russell Banks, but Wilson's voice is distinctive, confident and completely enthralling (Geoff Dyer)
Spiky, gritty short stories ... Wilson's world is dangerous and unpredictable, and his writing has a terrific, understated force (Kate Saunders, The Times)
This is one of the finest pieces of debut fiction I've encountered in the last few years, and with it DW Wilson takes his place with other North American writers such as David Vann and Daniel Woodrell in eking out savage grace and empathy through muscular prose and the desperate circumstances of his characters ... This is a really exceptional debut, and an emphatic calling card from a genuine talent. I can't wait to read what he writes next (Doug Johnstone, Sunday Herald)
Robust, musical, slyly funny, and shining a fearless light into the yearning male heart, these powerful stories should be required reading for any curious females of the species (Bill Glaston)
Superb debut collection of stories from the winner of the BBC national short story award (Sunday Times 'Must Reads')
Macho Mounties, Boyish Boyz + Beers, Tough Times. + good writing (Margaret Atwood, Twitter)
There are indeed echoes of Richard Ford and Raymond Carver here - most strikingly Carver, in content certainly - but Wilson's description and dialogue also attain the same lean, elemental punch, a total and exhilarating exclusion of the extraneous (Globe and Mail)
This is one of the finest pieces of debut fiction I've encountered in the last few years, and with it DW Wilson takes his place with other North American writers such as David Vann and Daniel Woodrell in eking out savage grace and empathy through muscular prose and the desperate circumstances of his characters ... This is a really exceptional debut, and an emphatic calling card from a genuine talent. I can't wait to read what he writes next (Doug Johnstone Sunday Herald)
D. W. Wilson's stories have echoes of the great Raymond Carver in their tough and lonely lyricism (Daily Telegraph)
Able to wheedle out the hidden depths of intimacy that lurk beneath the storms of testosterone ... Wilson leaves an unforgettable mark in his sublimely judged depiction of boys and men of all ages tussling with one another in brawling, lip-splitting tenderness (Sunday Times)
D. W. Wilson's stories - fuelled by tough, streetwise prose - are alight with tension, wisdom and wit (Joe Dunthorne) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The debut collection by the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2011 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
You'll want the earth to swallow you up after reading this book: the prose is exquiste and never less than gentlemanly despite the surroundings. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dan Smith
I enjoy short stories. These were set in British Columbia, Canada. The characters were true to life and reappeared in other stories in the collection. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Jones
Could easily have given up on this. Only continued as don't like to leave books unfinished.
More suitable read for men than women in my opinion
Very elementary writing style. I actually quit out of boredom. I did not wish to devote time to this book.Published on 1 Oct. 2013 by K D Connelly
An engaging and exciting read - revealing about masculine needs and behaviours. The way the stories interlink is interesting and made me want to start reading all over again as... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by dorcas
Not usually a fan of short stories but these are absolutely brilliant. Without using too many words the writer transports the reader to the time and place and give an insight into... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by Kitty Jackson
I felt this book was directed at a male audience. I could not relate to the characters. Glad I did not pay full pricePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by chocoholic
The text seemed to be nothing but fast talking clichés, and lacked substance. I gave up on it very quickly.Published on 13 Aug. 2013 by para3drop
I enjoyed this book but did not find it so good that I could not put it down. A pleasant read but I will probably not read it again.Published on 13 Aug. 2013 by M. Joseph