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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (18 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099457113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099457114
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This woman is a profound writer" (Richard Ford)

"Kennedy has now proved that she is one of the few young writers to have found a distinctive voice, one that we could recognise even from a couple of sentences; and that in itself is already a considerable achievement" (Jonathan Coe Mail on Sunday)

"Powerful, acute and wholly convincing" (Sunday Times)

"Great short stories are rare if not rarer than great poems and the fact that a handful here possess great magical quality is remarkable... A. L. Kennedy is a writer of original and beguiling diction" (Alan Taylor Scotland on Sunday)

"Funny, deadpan, angry, tender and despairing" (Elle)

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'One of the most brilliant writers of her generation' - Sunday Telegraph

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This collection of short stories was the first A.L.Kennedy that I'd read. I'd heard good things about her - fine Scottish writer and so on - but I have to admit to a certain reluctance to read writers whose reputations are preceded by their nationality. Surely the best writers transcend roots, and there's so much brilliant fiction out there that I don't want to start ghettoising by choosing writers whose reputation rests on their nationality. Last time I did that was reading Louise Welsh's acclaimed thriller set in Edinburgh, which I found mediocre by non parochial standards.

Still, A.L Kennedy's work has been garlanded with praise by national as well as Scottish critics. She won the Costa Prize last year with Day, and her book covers are peppered with plaudits from critics.

Short stories are a difficult genre to get right. Atmosphere, character development and quality of prose take precedence over plot since there's usually no room to develop any intricate story. And the word that springs to mind on reading this collection is 'dark'. Followed by 'strange'. Not that the unconventional is doomed to failure in short stories - for every brilliant conjurer of magical 'traditional' short stories - Chekhov or Calvino, say - there is an equally sparkling unconventional master of the form - Foster Wallace for example. And 'darkness' per se shouldn't be offputting in a talented writer - look at Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Camus and Sartre. But A.L.Kennedy's bleakness and weirdness isn't in the same league.

The first story in the collection, A Perfect Possession, is one of the better ones and is certainly chilling.
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I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but each of these managed to leave me intrigued and gasping for more.
Kennedy exposes the minds of the characters in a way that few authors can achieve in a novel. By the first page, I was desparate to know more about them and could barely put the book down!
A deep, but entertaining read.
If you want some light-hearted fun, don't read this.
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