Start reading Wish I Was Here on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Add Audible Narration
Wish I Was Here (Unabridged) Narrated by Cathleen McCarron £8.69 £3.49

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Wish I Was Here [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Kay
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £4.19 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.80 (53%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Audible Narration

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £4.19  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £8.99  
Audio Download, Unabridged £7.60 or Free with 30-day free trial
Audio, CD --  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

‘Kay gives hugely of her talent; pours it onto the page . . . These stories charm, move and entertain’ Guardian This fierce, funny and compassionate collection explores every facet of that most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions: love. With winning directness, Jackie Kay captures her characters’ greatest joy and greatest vulnerability, exposing the moments of tenderness, of shock, of bravery and stupidity that accompany the search for love, the discovery of love and, most of all, love’s loss. ‘Jackie Kay’s characters sing from the page’ Daily Telegraph ‘At the heart of it is a faith in stories themselves: a belief that the most desolate history can be lent coherence if you tell it right’ TLS ‘Kay’s humour and optimism are transcendent’ Sunday Herald

Product Description


'Delicious, deft, wicked and finally, very moving'
-- 'Books of the Year', Sunday Herald

'The humour and generosity of spirit which infuse 'Wish I Was
Here' simply make life a better place' -- Books of the Year, Herald

'this funny and poignant collection proves she should be just as celebrated for her short fiction’ -- Psychologies magazine

‘A collection of stories, ideal for dipping in and out of... her wit and outrageousness shines out of every page’ -- New Nation

‘Artfully crafted, funny and sad …she is an impressively versatile original and moving collection.’ -- New Statesman

‘Intense and original writing’ -- Belfast Telegraph

‘Jackie Kay’s new book reveals her gift for capturing a voice' -- TLS

‘Kay’s humour and optimism are transcendent’ -- Sunday Herald

‘Utterly poignant short stories… Some of the tales are heartwrenching’ -- Irish Independent

‘Written with all of Kay’s characteristic combination of tenderness and ferocity' -- Good Book Guide

Psychologies magazine

'this funny and poignant collection proves she should be just as celebrated for her short fiction’

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KA1QZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted short stories 8 Jan. 2011
These are stories of love and relationships, which most readers could identify with in some way. Each story is unique, but the multifaceted nature of love is wryly observed whether it's between a mother and daughter, pensioner husbands and wives, lesbian couples about to break up or strangers who meet on a night train. The characters have very different voices and that makes reading this book all the more refreshing, it reminds me of The Thing Around Your Neck.

My own favourite story is the surreal "My Daughter the Fox", which has Kafka-esque undertones, but could also be a metaphor to touch the soul of anyone with a wild teenager still at home.The descriptions are sometimes poetic, lucid, evocative but never laboured. There is no padding in these stories, each one grabs you from the opening line and holds on until the (sometimes abrupt) ending.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redeeming stories 30 Jun. 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
These stories are miracles, they are like visiting angels. Jackie Kay writes about the saddest, most awful times in relationship/friendship break-ups and their desolate aftermaths, so wonderfully that each sentence is hard to let go of. Funny, outrageous, intimate, a joy to read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and loss 23 Oct. 2012
By Eleanor TOP 500 REVIEWER
In these twelve short stories Jackie Kay examines love from various angles, whether mutual, obsessive, maternal, or lost. I knew I was going to enjoy this collection from the first sentence of the first story: "It is not so much that we are splitting up that is really worrying me, it is the fact that she keeps quoting Martin Amis." What follows is a funny, but also very poignant story about the break-up of a long-term relationship which ends with a line just as good as the opening.

In other stories we meet the same humour and poignancy as Kay inhabits a variety of characters, all with distinctive voices and outlooks. I particularly enjoyed 'Not the Queen', about a Glaswegian woman who to her dismay is the spitting image of her majesty, 'My Daughter the Fox', an account of the fierce love a mother feels for her vulpine daughter, and 'The Mirrored Twins' in which two lovers go on a weekend climbing trip. In this last story Kay renders the love these men feel for each other so joyously that, despite growing signs of foreboding, one can't help but feel elated.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Was this review helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category