England And Other Stories by Graham SwiftEngland And Other Stories by Graham Swift

England And Other Stories

byGraham Swift

Paperback | April 19, 2016

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These 25 new short stories, written to go together and none of them previously published, mark Booker Prize-winning Graham Swift's return to the short form after 7 acclaimed novels, and affirm him as a master storyteller.
     Swift's England is a richly peopled country that is both a crucible of history and a maze of contemporary confusions. Meet Dr. Shah who has never been to India and Mrs. Kaminski, on her way to Poland by way of her hospital bed. Meet Holly and Polly who have come to their own Anglo-Irish understanding, and Lily Hobbs, married to a shirt. There's Charlie and Don, who have seen the docks turn into the Docklands; Daisy Baker, who is terrified of Yorkshire; and Johnny Dewhurst, of Leeds, lost on Exmoor.
     Graham Swift steers us effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, and the secret dramas contained within walls, rooms, homes, workplaces. With his remarkable sense of place and voice, he charts an intimate geography that moves us profoundly and yet at times makes us laugh out loud. Binding these stories together is his grasp of the universal in the local and his affectionate but unflinching instinct for narrative. England and Other Stories evokes that mysterious body that is a nation by giving us the palpable sense of individual bodies finding or losing their way in the nationless territories of birth, love, sex, aging and death.
GRAHAM SWIFT is the author of 9 acclaimed novels, a collection of short stories and Making an Elephant, a reflection on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize and with Last Orders, the Booker Prize. Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over 30 languages.
Title:England And Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345815130

ISBN - 13:9780345815132

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Editorial Reviews

“The historian of the future would be wise to turn to Swift’s books to see what makes the average Englishman or woman tick…. The art historian Ernst Gombrich once said that there is no such thing as art, there are only artists. One finishes Swift’s book thinking that there is no such thing as England, there are only English people, each one a unique part of a country it is impossible to define.” —Sunday Express “A thoughtful and often moving examination of a good portion of the national character.... Swift’s compact, thought-provoking tales…offer the complex enlightenment that only good fiction can provide.” —New Statesman (UK) “England and Other Stories . . . ought to win new readers who value well-honed narrative and deft characterization…. A concise writer, Swift often achieves more in a line than many strive for in a page. . . . He also reveals himself to be a writer of range, shaping a diverse cast of cha­racters…. At their best, his stories are like good poems, or strong and sweet espresso, requiring us to hold off consuming the next, to take the time to absorb.” —Financial Times “Graham Swift is a master of the short story, and this collection is full of gems…. He can encapsulate lives in a dozen pages, with keen sympathy…. He is a writer to savour and enjoy.” —The Scotsman “This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue, of thoughtfulness…. His touch is so light and craftsmanlike, his scene shifts so subtle, his emotional logic so incontrovertible, that sometimes we hardly notice where they have taken us until too late.” —The Guardian"One of Britain's literary masters." —Kirkus Reviews"Book for book, Swift is surely one of England's finest novelists."—John Banville"Graham Swift is a purely wonderful writer." —Richard Ford"Swift has an authority--of style, characterization, grasp on life." —Alan Hollinghurst