- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Picador (2 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330373315
- ISBN-13: 978-0330373319
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,533,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wish I Was Here Hardcover – 2 Jun 2006
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'Delicious, deft, wicked and finally, very moving'
-- 'Books of the Year', Sunday Herald
'The humour and generosity of spirit which infuse 'Wish I Was
Here' simply make life a better place' -- Books of the Year, Herald
'this funny and poignant collection proves she should be just as celebrated for her short fiction -- Psychologies magazine
A collection of stories, ideal for dipping in and out of... her wit and outrageousness shines out of every page -- New Nation
Artfully crafted, funny and sad she is an impressively versatile writer...an original and moving collection. -- New Statesman
Intense and original writing -- Belfast Telegraph
Jackie Kays new book reveals her gift for capturing a voice' -- TLS
Kays humour and optimism are transcendent -- Sunday Herald
Utterly poignant short stories Some of the tales are heartwrenching -- Irish Independent
Written with all of Kays characteristic combination of tenderness and ferocity' -- Good Book Guide
Tales of passion and jealousy, lust and romance from the author of TrumpetSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
My own favourite story is the surreal "My Daughter the Fox", which has Kafka-esque undertones, but could also be a metaphor to touch the soul of anyone with a wild teenager still at home.The descriptions are sometimes poetic, lucid, evocative but never laboured. There is no padding in these stories, each one grabs you from the opening line and holds on until the (sometimes abrupt) ending.
In other stories we meet the same humour and poignancy as Kay inhabits a variety of characters, all with distinctive voices and outlooks. I particularly enjoyed 'Not the Queen', about a Glaswegian woman who to her dismay is the spitting image of her majesty, 'My Daughter the Fox', an account of the fierce love a mother feels for her vulpine daughter, and 'The Mirrored Twins' in which two lovers go on a weekend climbing trip. In this last story Kay renders the love these men feel for each other so joyously that, despite growing signs of foreboding, one can't help but feel elated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting and thought provoking short stories. Good seller too.Published 18 months ago by Lindsay
I LOVED THE BOOK AND ITS STATE. VERY CLEAN AND NEW, AND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR BASICALLY FOR MY STUDY.Published on 1 Mar. 2013 by SHAWBO