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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (2 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023020208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230202085
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An anthology of 15 previously published contemporary short stories by distinguished writers including as V.S. Naipaul, Zadie Smith and Peter Carey.

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LYNDA PRESCOTT is Senior Lecturer in Literature, The Open University, UK.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 4 April 2009
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This is a superb collection of short stories. Although designed to be used as part of an Open University course, it stands alone in its own right as a rich collection of stories by writers from around the world, connected by a loose theme of cultural difference. Many of the stories feature characters who, for various reasons, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, sometimes mundane, have been dislocated from their homeland. The range of authors is super - from well know writers such as Zadie Smith, VS Naipaul, Peter Carey to others who may not be so well known - you're sure to find a new author whose work appeals to you.

Particular favourites included Rohinton Mistry's 'Squatter', a delightful story about an Indian chef in America, Peter Carey's 'American Dreams', a dark tale about a small Australian town, and Alan Sillitoe's 'Pit Strike', an emotional tale about a miner supporting his colleagues.

Warmly recommended.
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This anthology, edited by Lynda Prescott, is one of a number of set-texts that are needed if you are studying the sixty credit Open University (OU) Level 1 humanities course, AA100 'The Arts Past and Present'. It is an introductory course made for new students to experience a plethora of arts disciplines before deciding on a particular specialism. This book is meant to aid understanding within the third block of the module, 'Cultural Encounters', and is intended to be used in approaching the discipline of English language and literature studies. Lynda Prescott, herself, is a senior lecturer for the OU in the UK, and has authored and edited a range of Open University material for various courses throughout the humanities department. I studied AA100 in the year of 2011, and have subsequently gained a Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities, focusing on the English Language and creative writing as my specialism. It is only now, having finished my latest module U214 'Worlds of English', that I have returned to this book, looking over the short stories that were not the focus of AA100 in particular, whilst also exploring old ground.
The theme of the anthology is, of course, 'difference'. This echoes a lot of the material in the 'Cultural Encounters' block of AA100 and throughout U214, and is meant to focus on the many varieties of English around the world, uniting people in one lingua franca, whilst also planting seeds of prejudice when cultural norms are either challenged or ignored. 'A World of Difference' explores the short story genre across the five continents of America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, and provides voices from many cultures and ethnic groups that resonate experiences of migration and community presence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 1 Mar 2014
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I am studying Creative Writing with the Open University. These stories, though not always easy to understand, serve as models.
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There's not much point of reviewing the stories themselves, as of course you'll come to your own conclusion on how you feel about them.

I purchased this book as part of my OU course in Arts Past & Present, which centered on one story in particular regarding freedom of a chap from India in 1960's America. That in itself was a fantastic story and an interesting insight in to a different culture from our own.

As for the other stories, I have had a quick glance through and I will definitely be revisiting some in the future. A nice little book to expand your mind if you like that idea!
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By Maxillus on 9 Feb 2014
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Bought this for my Open University course and read it, nay devoured it, as soon as it arrived. As in all anthologies, didn't love every story, but all are brilliantly written and ranged from good to astounding.
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Really enjoying the mix and match of stories. Well written and linked together thoughtfully. Have laughed and cried. Excellent read.
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A World of Difference by Lynda Prescott no doubt baffles booksellers as it flies off the shelves periodically. It’s a set book on an Open University course, but deserves a much wider audience. It contains some fifteen wonderful stories from the likes of Zadie Smith and Peter Carey, a little bonus is an mini biography of each author.
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By The Cool Cookie on 27 July 2013
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Bought as a set book for upcoming OU course. Have started to read it and found the stories to be very interesting and challenging in that they portray life in different areas of the world. In fact life in a world that appears very different from mine!
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