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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907773576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907773570
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In recent years every magazine worth its salt has featured a David Rose short story. Although bewilderingly various and multiphonic, they were always unmistakably him. --(Bill Broady, author of Swimmer)

The characters he invents have such compelling, authentic voices... each exquisitely precise tale leaves you with the feeling you have read an entire novel. --Daily Mail

--Daily Mail

Vault's a wonderful book that demands rereading on completion, written with such control that you'd be forgiven for thinking its author had a dozen novels just like it stuffed in a drawer somewhere, just waiting for someone to hunt them down. I was lucky enough to discover Vault when it came out, back in April, and I felt then like I'd just located a big, gleaming white X on the barren sands of mainstream publishing where courage, bravery and risk are frowned on, even derided. (Gavin James Bower Fiction Uncovered) --Fiction Uncovered

In recent years every magazine worth its salt has featured a David Rose short story. Although bewilderingly various and multiphonic, they were always unmistakably him. (Bill Broady, author of Swimmer) --Swimmer

This is the way all novels should be written. Vault is the sort of book that sucks you up and spits you out, grabbing your attention from the first line and ending with a sharp bang. (Philistine Friendly)

Vault s a wonderful book that demands rereading on completion, written with such control that you d be forgiven for thinking its author had a dozen novels just like it stuffed in a drawer somewhere, just waiting for someone to hunt them down. I was lucky enough to discover Vault when it came out, back in April, and I felt then like I d just located a big, gleaming white X on the barren sands of mainstream publishing where courage, bravery and risk are frowned on, even derided. (Gavin James Bower Fiction Uncovered)

'These excellent "posthumous" stories are concerned with memories, afterlives and biographies... terrific.' (The Times) --Philistine Friendly

This is the way all novels should be written. Vault is the sort of book that sucks you up and spits you out, grabbing your attention from the first line and ending with a sharp bang. (Philistine Friendly)

Vault s a wonderful book that demands rereading on completion, written with such control that you d be forgiven for thinking its author had a dozen novels just like it stuffed in a drawer somewhere, just waiting for someone to hunt them down. I was lucky enough to discover Vault when it came out, back in April, and I felt then like I d just located a big, gleaming white X on the barren sands of mainstream publishing where courage, bravery and risk are frowned on, even derided. (Gavin James Bower Fiction Uncovered)

'David Rose is one of the more hidden treasures of the British short story. [This] collects 25 years of his work, euphorically paranoid, slyly narrated, often hilarious, always quietly undermining both the narrating voice and any comfortably receptive position the reader might take up... the best of Rose is fragile, retrospective, centred on the characters' recognition that something in life, be it a general condition or an absolutely specific moment, has evaded them.' --(The Guardian)

This is the way all novels should be written. Vault is the sort of book that sucks you up and spits you out, grabbing your attention from the first line and ending with a sharp bang. (Philistine Friendly)

Vault s a wonderful book that demands rereading on completion, written with such control that you d be forgiven for thinking its author had a dozen novels just like it stuffed in a drawer somewhere, just waiting for someone to hunt them down. I was lucky enough to discover Vault when it came out, back in April, and I felt then like I d just located a big, gleaming white X on the barren sands of mainstream publishing where courage, bravery and risk are frowned on, even derided. (Gavin James Bower Fiction Uncovered)

'These excellent "posthumous" stories are concerned with memories, afterlives and biographies... terrific.' (The Times) --Philistine Friendly

About the Author

David Rose was born in 1949, living outside West London, between Windsor and Richmond. He spent his working life in the Post Office. His debut story was published in The Literary Review, and since then, has been widely published in small presses in the U.K. and Canada. He is joint owner and Fiction Editor of Main Street Journal.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2014
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This is a collection of stories, in the main, written for literary magazines over the past 25 years. After a slightly shaky start, the collection finds its feet with an array of stories teasing at the form and structure of the short story. The writing is assured, at times a breathless 'Man who was Thursday" at times a Moorcock style disintegration, perhaps David Rose is a prolific writer of pulp fiction moonlighting as a literary experimenter. Many of the stories feature an erudite, but passive hero, caught up in mystery or meaninglessness.

For me, every story ended with a sense of 'what was all that about', the best I could manage by way of interpretation was that Flora might be about the Persephone myth, with the lozenge shaped impression being a pomegranate seed, but who knows. I imagine a book group might profitably discuss each story, Rose started writing in Creative Writing classes, and the stories seem to invite further discussion. These are stories like modernist poems, where it will probably take a few readings to fully understand.

Although I enjoyed the collection, and will read more by the author, I am marking down to four because
There is not a fully functional contents page for Kindle, which seems inexcusable these days, and I struggle to think of a single person I know, who I might safely recommend this book to.

According to a terse personal website Rose has stopped writing, which is a shame. His writing has given a lot of people a lot of pleasure over the years, and this collection is a fine tribute to his excellent writing, dry wit, and deep thought. This is writing that restores your faith in the importance of short stories.

QUOTE - "Etymology is an odd business. Like lifting a paving stone to reveal a dead frog."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on 11 Jan. 2014
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I'm not alone in having looked forward to this collection ever since its jacket image first reared its headless cagoule online last year. David Rose is an unsung hero of contemporary short fiction, so the publication of Posthumous Stories gives us the opportunity to have a singsong.

Rose's stories always malinger in the imagination, raising more questions than they answer, an effect I first encountered after I'd read Clean from 1998's Neon Lit collection. Who is this character working for? Who is speaking at the end? Who says, `What sort of stupid tosser would kill himself over a dog?' One reason why Posthumous Stories is an event is because until now Rose's twenty-five years' worth of published fiction was dispersed across a plethora of small press publications, many of them defunct or difficult to track down (the acknowledgements page in Posthumous Stories - with its Zemblas and Black Biles, its Iron and Rue Bellas - reads like an atlas of the small-press/short-story archipelago).

I've lost my copy of Neon Lit Vol. II, so finding Clean again here was - another - thrill. Again: the grip of the storytelling. I don't remember (m)any of the stories I read in 1998, let alone where I was when I read them (the house with the mannequin, a street off the Unthank Road, early morning: a workman was using a whirring-blade machine to grind down part of the kerb. The horrible noise shuddered me awake. It was only when it started to rain torrentially that he packed it in, allowing me to read for a while, read Clean). I remembered the story, but not the author's name, not even when I came across David Rose again by way of his metafictional wonder Vault: An Anti-Novel.
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By bloodaxe on 24 May 2014
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Not very keen on this ,most of the stories feel like the beginning of a book but then it finishes leaving you in mid air.
I sometimes feel that book reviewers aren't reading the books they are reviewing.
Not a book to recommend.
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By Neil Campbell on 26 July 2014
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A wonderfully wide range of stories by a maestro of the form
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