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Not new, not lauded, but brilliant�
on 30 December 1998
This had been on my shelves for a while - bought because I know Tremain is excellent from past reads, too long ignored because of the restrictions of time. Yet this collection of short stories perfectly illustrates her astounding imagination, wide-reaching inspiration and skilful, understated prose. For students of short story writing this is a must - marvel at her deft management of character, setting, emotion and plot (never dull). It's a damned good read and, unlike other short story collections, you'll want to devour it in one go. The story from which the book takes its name follows the unsettling and insatiable appetites of a selfish 19th century opera singer who veers violently between lusting for plump and skinny women. Other stories describe the discovery of a couple's incestous secret, the tragic consequences of a woman's search into a martyr's life, the man who collects voices... Try it and you won't be disappointed.