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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cargo Publishing (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908885017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908885012
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Tales From the Mall is a great book. It s touching and emotional and part of a new form of literary storytelling. It s worth reading, worth loving. --James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces

Ewan Morrison captures beautifully the point at which anecdote becomes urban myth and reportage slides into fiction. This feels like a really important step towards a literature of the 21st century. --Claire Armistead, Books Editor, The Guardian

Morrison continues Ballard's tradition of locating menace beneath the sleekness and shine of postindustrial life. You also learn a lot along the way. A truly interesting book. --Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X

About the Author

Ewan Morrison is the acclaimed author of Swung, Menage, Distance and The Last Book You Read. He is a BAFTA award nominated filmmaker and lives in Glasgow.


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Enjoyable little slices of fact & fiction with the characters vividly strolling through the pages. Life affirming it ain't, but then it doesn't pretend to be. Left me feeling rather used and manipulated, by the Mall Fathers, not the author. Reminded me in many ways of the dystopian feeling JG Ballards Cocaine Nights gave me.
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Bought this after coming across the author on Twitter.

Came highly recommended by Irvine Welsh. Personally I thought it was good but not great - but definitely look forward to move from this author in the future.
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Tales from the Mall is brilliant. Ewan Morrison opens your eyes to all that is scary, sad and funny about malls by using fact and fiction in such an innovative way. Who would have thought that a book about malls could captivate and enthral? But it does -and I loved it. I had first of all bought it on Kindle but I've also bought it as a proper book. How else can you thrust Tales from the Mall at someone and say `you must read this'? Ewan Morrison is one of the most exciting writers in Scotland today and Tales from the Mall is one of the stand-out books of 2012.
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Ewan Morrison's Tales From The Mall is a charming & engaging anthology of stories, anecdotes & information about malls & mall culture. Far from being the soulless temples to consumerism he has discovered the beating heart of their existance in the first-hand accounts from the staff & customers.

Written mainly in the vernacular (a favourite Glasgow word for describing "the way it was telt"), Morrison has touched on the hundreds of lives & situations that populate mall culture, and how, in turn the mall has touched it's denizens, from cleaners to customers. Far from the vacant, emotionless space we think of as a Mall, Morrison explores the personal stories of those living their lives through its existence. From the wryly amusing to the near tragedy of a suicide attempt averted, this cross-continental cross-section of Americana that coats the world has been given a more understanding & sympathetic voice.

Interspersed by these narratives are the "mall-facts": The history & the psychology (pathology surely?) behind the mall concept : how millions have been spent in the study of consumer manipulation to exploit customers & their weaknesses; how the mall has developed & devolved through exploration of the rising phenomenon of the dead mall.
This dichotamy (I love that word) between the cynicism of the corporations that run the malls & those that frequent them is highlighted in Morrisson's wry, unsentimental but engaging & poingnant thoughtfest that is Tales From The Mall.
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At last Ewan Morrison has written another book. I've been waiting for ages. This is not a novel, it is a book of short stories, or incidents that happen in, or involving a mall. There are also essays and short chapters of facts about malls and mall shopping, which certainly don't bore you, they really get you thinking. This is a great book and to be basic and honest I wanted to keep turning the page, I wanted more when it had finished. The short stories were uniquely entertaining, cringing and sad. The facts about us shoppers and malls, the stats, the psychology of what makes us tick in a mall, what makes us buy, is rather frightening, like we've been had, like we are so predictable. It really does get you going. I really enjoyed reading this book; I just hope we can get another one soon from this Scottish Writer. I don't want to wait too long!
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I thought this boom was going to be a bit like the 'Babylon' book series I.e Hotel Babylon. This is a collection of strange stories, supposed legends about shopping malls and a history of malls rolled into one. I didn't really like this book. It wasn't bad but the stories weren't that interesting....
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A groundbreaking and thoroughly enjoyable 'mash-up'. Particularly engaging and memorable are the 'incidents': nonfiction flashes about various goings on. Rena the Cleana is a legend!

Ashley Chantler, co-editor, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.
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This book is a must read for anyone who has read and loved The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin. Morrison takes hold of this important baton and more that does it justice, bringing this important area firmly into the 21st Century. This book records the personal stories of people that are connected to a social space that is so often taken for granted. He exposes the influence and the affects that this commercial space has on our lives in a very honest and humane way. He records the stories of ordinary people and their lives for the benefit of now and future generations.
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