Summat Else by Royston TesterSummat Else by Royston Tester

Summat Else

byRoyston Tester

Paperback | September 30, 2004

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A most remarkable series of linked stories, encompassing a young working-class Englishman's coming of age, written with great humour and pathos.

This is Royston Tester's first book, but he has already been nominated for a slew of awards, been published widely (and internationally, in both journals and the Lambda-prize finalist anthology The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Essays on Queer Sexuality and Desire), and charmed the CanLit establishment. His writing is very English, and in a spectacular way; his language is both elegant and colloquial, and always riveting.

Royston Tester grew up in Birmingham, the English Midlands. Before emigrating to Canada in 1978, he spent time in London, Barcelona, and Melbourne. A Canadian citizen, he is a fellow of the Hawthornden writers' retreat in Scotland, the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain and is a frequent Leighton Studio artist-resident at the Banff Centre ...
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Title:Summat ElseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.76 × 5.6 × 0.59 inPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842574

ISBN - 13:9780889842571

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`Over the 13 linked stories comprising this debut collection from Birmingham, England-born, Toronto resident Royston Tester, our protagonist, Enoch, is clubbed with one revelation after another: his father's illiteracy, his own nascent and tumultuous sexuality, his long-kept-secret adoption. That he maintains his sharp wit and gentle self-deprecatory sense of humour throughout might seem an almost superhuman feat, yet it comes off as entirely natural rendered in Tester's quippy, idiomatic prose. The worlds of these stories refuse to sag under the weight of hardship. Instead, Tester's evident affection for his subject acts as a buoy, imparting even the grimmest scenes with a beguiling lightness.'