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Slowly Downward: A Collection of Miserable Stories [Paperback]

Stanley Donwood , Adam Rickwood , Ambrose Blimfield
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22 Aug 2005
Stanley Donwood has collaborated on all Radiohead's artwork since the release of "The Bends" in 1995 and won a Grammy Award for Best Packaging/Artwork for the special edition of "Amnesiac". Stanley is also an accomplished author and has now released a brilliant collection of "Miserable Stories". The 128-page book will be of special interest to fans of Stanley Donwood's work. It contains 53 extremely short stories and several B&W illustrations by Adam Rickwood.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Naked Guides Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (22 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954417739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954417734
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"The publisher of this book wishes me to vouch for the writer of this book who is a friend of mine in order to utilise whatever celebrity kudos the writer of this quote, i.e, me, has left in order to advance the sales of this book. This has been duly done in the form of this quote. I am sure the book is very good though I cannot remember what it is called or whether I have read it. I’ve read lots of his stuff and it’s always good and I am in no way biased."

Thom Yorke, middle-aged father of two

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New Job

After a tortured night I awake full of determination.
I review my position, and consider with circumspect gravity my inner strength.
My new job demands much, and I eat my breakfast whilst wearing a serious and adult expression.
I suck the hot coffee with a professionally pained mouth, and flip the pages of my broadsheet nonchalantly.
I swoop back up the stairs in my towelling dressing-gown, and fling open my wardrobe in a manner which I assume to be casual and easy.
My suit hangs in front of me, full of nothing. It is up to me to fill it with myself.
I pull on the trousers, and carefully fold my penis behind the zip, fastening the button with what I hope is a manly grin.
I tuck my shirt into the trousers, and spend some time with my understated tie.
My jacket feels slightly small under my arms, but it is nothing anyone would notice.
I wonder what my new workmates will be like, and fantasise briefly about the relationships I may possibly enjoy with other members of the organisation.
I glance once again at my digital watch, and decide that I am ready.
I pull on my coat, check that I have my keys, and walk out of the front door, slamming it firmly behind me.
I stand outside, looking blankly ahead, realising I don't have a new job at all.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly Downward 22 Oct 2005
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An absolutely fantastic book that can be stunningly simple and heart rendering, I have read it many times over and it has become my favourite work of fiction. Stanley Donwood is a master of short stories that are more than just stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly Saddening 2 Sep 2009
This compilation of quite mad ideas, adventures and emotions is brilliant. I've never read anything that hit me in emotional soft points like this did. The bleak outlook on life that the stories conjure is enough to make you cry; but then you are made happy by the beauty of the writing, and the falsity and irrelevance of it all. For me, it's a very satisfiying purchase. Everyone should read material like this as it makes you view life in a much more delicate way; and radiohead fanatics should read this with great satisfaction, as Stanley writes with the same style as thom yorke writes his lyrics. 5 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection of short stories 5 Dec 2008
By Sammo
This is great selection of short stories by Stanley Donwood, well worth a read. A feared addition to your bookcase - unless you are like me and tend to store all of your literature in a fridge or cold storage unit.
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