- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749395451
- ISBN-13: 978-0749395452
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dear George And Other Stories Paperback – 1 Jun 1996
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"Of all contemporary writers, Simpson has the most honest, the most authentic voice" (The Times)
"Biting wit...has me laughing aloud" (Pat Barker)
"Simpson's wit defies formulaic feminism or, indeed, any other -ism... Very, very funny" (Evening Standard)
"Full of good jokes, wonderfully alert to irony and the possibilities of language" (Jonathan Coe)
"Effortless charm, wit and vivid sexual detail" (Time Out)
The third collection from Helen Simpson, prize-winning writer and master of the short story.See all Product Description
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A great book. When's the novel out?
`Dear George' is a collection of short stories which explore various themes including pregnancy, child rearing and family discord, mainly from the female perspective. There is a petulant teenager who is caught out by an act of kindness, a desperate and overdue pregnant woman, a mother who finds family life to be unlike she expected and a nasty surprise for a authoritarian father on Christmas day.
There is a strange magic to these stories. Simpson deftly waves her pen and creates relationships and situations which are both realistic and recognisable, but without the reams of prose required by many authors. It's refreshing and fascinating, but above all it's a joy to find someone who creates real female characters facing everyday situations and frustrations. None of your neurotic Bridget Joneses or wan Cinderellas here! I would thoroughly recommend this book to any woman reader and probably a few men too. We need more of this sort of insight on our book shelves.