Method: And Other Stories (Salt Modern Fiction) Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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Vowler is not afraid to be new, to be dangerous with it and flaunt his talent. Composed beautifully and saturated with insight and compassion.--The Short Review
I admired the sheer style of the writing, as well as the wryness and authority of the narrative voice. I kept reading out of admiration for the prose (particularly the dialogue).--Will Atkins "MacMillan New Writing "
About the Author
Tom lives in south-west England, on the edge of a moor, where he moved to finish a novel set there. His blog about the experience received 9,000 hits in its first year. In 2007 he completed an MA in creative writing, and since then his short stories have appeared widely. A chapter from his first novel came in the top ten of the Richard & Judy 'How to Get Published' competition, which received 46,000 entries. Tom is the assistant editor of the literary journal Short Fiction.
Top Customer Reviews
Vowler's stories are beautifully written. His style is spare and stark, and sometimes the reader needs to go back and check what she has just read. The chilling tale 'The Little Man', which closes the collection, is told in such an understated manner that I had to read the ending twice to make sure I'd not missed anything.
If you enjoy well-written short stories, that are just a bit different, this is a collection you will love.
The very best stories of the bunch are those concerning childhood and family bonds. "There Are New Birthdays Now," in which a couple's daughter has been abducted, delivers a devastating emotional punch. The story of a brother and sister who come together in the wake of their father's death ("Busy. Come. Wait") is a vivid rendering of sibling disconnection and subsequent reconnection. Another highlight is "Homecoming" in which a young offender is released from a secure unit and returns to the scene of his crime, reviewing his youthful violence with older, wiser eyes. The most moving and accomplished story of the collection is the final one, "The Little Man," in which a brother exacts revenge for acts of cruelty committed against his sister.
There were a couple of stories that I disliked, but overall this is an impressive and enjoyable collection.
If someone asks to borrow this book from you, the answer should be no. Because it's a volume that improves upon each reading. The message is: Buy your own; you won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom Vowler's first collection is powerful, original and well written, and deserving of the Salt prize. Revenge, in all its manifestations, features often. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2010 by Jo Cannon
The finely written stories in The Method catch us like night creatures in an intense beam of light. We may escape, but fur has been ruffled, curiosity spellbound. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2010 by Mary Beith
Yes? Then pick up this book. Stop reading the reviews, try and track a copy down, curl up on a sofa with your choice of drink and read until you've finished. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2010 by E L Jordan
Masterful story telling. Bold, evocative thought-provoking... each story leaves a powerful impression. My only sorrow was that I got through it so fast. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2010 by B. W. Whately
I was hooked after the first story - as cliched as that might sound, it's true. This collection is fantastic debut, in fact it's fantastic by any standard. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2010 by Miss J. Campbell