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Lunch Hour: A flash-fiction collection: Volume 4 (2014 Flash-Fiction Collections) Paperback – 26 Apr 2014
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About the Author
CALUM KERR is a writer, editor, Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, and Director of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day. His work has appeared in a number of places—online and in print—and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s iPM programme. He lives in Southampton with his wife, his stepson, two cats and a dog.
Top customer reviews
This book has everything: romance and unrequited love, murder and mayhem, fraud, fantasy and philosophy, assassination, ambition and alien invasion. It’s a kind-of Torchwood meets Groundhog Day meets Sliding Doors meets The Office.
As it’s a flash-fiction collection, it’s a super-quick read. I raced through it in about 40 minutes. I say ‘raced’ because it’s a proper page-turner. Don’t let me give you the impression that it’s a superficial read though. Calum has a way of exposing his characters’ innermost conflicts that makes you feel as if you’ve known them all their lives, and he deals with some pretty big topics too: sexuality, prejudice, office politics, isolation, the daily grind, all manner of -isms and even the meaning of life.
5/5 – Amazing!
I just really admire the way he brings together such a vast wealth of characters and situations, ideas and themes - there are many, even though it pivots around a shared point.
As he points out in the afterword, Kerr goes back to a collection style similar to Braking Distance [each story stands fully alone and, though there are some characters we revisit, the only real 'link' is the office lunch break], and he uses it to explore life and living with particular verve. His trademark dry and sometimes self-referential humour is in evidence, as well as his seemingly boundless imagination and talent. A real delight, truly packing in big themes and full worlds into small spaces.
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