Super Girl

Ruth Thomas
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ISBN 9780571230631 Format Paperback
Published 05/11/2009 Length 304 pages

About Book

Delicately poised on the cusp of melancholy, fragility and folly, her stories offer a fresh take on the contradictions of human nature.

A young mother is alienated by the small talk of a 'new mums' coffee morning; a poet achieves success after thirty years of writing only to discover that nobody understands what he is saying; a father loses his shoes at a children's party; a grandfather shares the pain and pleasure of his eightieth birthday with his baby grand-daughter; and, in the title story, a sensible young woman who everyone thinks of as a 'super girl' has her reputation thrown into jeopardy when an unexpected caller arrives at her babysitting job.

Super Girl is Ruth Thomas's third story collection. It confirms her reputation as an intriguing and original voice in fiction.

  • About Ruth Thomas

    Ruth Thomas is a novelist and short-story writer. Her work has won or been shortlisted for several awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Saltire Society First Book Award and the VS Pritchett Short Story Prize. Her first novel Things to Make and Mend received a Good Housekeeping Book Award and her short story collection Super Girl was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. Many of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio. The Home Corner is her second novel, and is now available in paperback.

    Ruth was born in Kent and lives in Edinburgh with her family. She has worked as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and now teaches part-time at St Andrews University. ,Ruth Thomas is a novelist and short-story writer. Her first story collection was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Saltire Society First Book Awards, and her second received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Her first novel Things to Make and Mend received a Good Housekeeping Book Award. The Home Corner is her second novel. Ruth was born in Kent and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.

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