Novelette

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ISBN 9780571253807 Format Paperback
9780571253807
Paperback
Published 20/08/2009 Length 240 pages
240

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A man who can evoke no feeling over his wife's desertion is finally moved to tears of grief over a dying fox; a young boy is uncannily drawn in a devastating depiction of the misdirection of love; and a soldier, recuprating from wounds and shock, finds himself drawn to the elderly woman who has taken him in, despite the looming presence of her rather fussy country draper husband.

The characters in Barker's compelling stories are linked by the profound nature of their emotional ties; her depiction of love and of the complexity of human emotion is second to none. Another startling, assured short story collection from a compelling writer of incredible grace and assurance.

A man who can evoke no feeling over his wife's desertion is finally moved to tears of grief over a dying fox; a young boy is uncannily drawn in a devastating depiction of the misdirection of love; and a soldier, recuprating from wounds and shock, finds himself drawn to the elderly woman who has taken him in, despite the looming presence of her rather fussy country draper husband. The characters in Barker's compelling stories are linked by the profound nature of their emotional ties; her depiction of love and of the complexity of human emotion is second to none. Another startling, assured short story collection from a compelling writer of incredible grace and assurance.
  • About A. L. Barker

    A. L. Barker (1918-2002) was a short story writer and novelist. Born in St Paul's Cray, Kent, she lived in the same milieu where London borders on Kent and Surrey, for the rest of her life. As her Oxford DNB entry says it was 'the chief setting for her work, which often seemed to partake of the quotidian mysteriousness and even abandonment of these areas.'

    Her first selection of short stories, Innocents, won the Somerset Maugham award in 1947. Of her short stories, Robert Nye has written, 'stories as carefully composed as poems, quiet and delicate and reserved perhaps, but oddly lingering in the mind.'

    Although a stranger to commercial success, she never wanted for admirers, Jane Gardam, Francis King, Auberon Waugh, Evelyn Waugh, Rebecca West, John Sutherland, Deborah Moggach, Ronald Blythe, Susan Hill, A. S. Byatt, Adam Mars-Jones, Nina Bawden and Victoria Glendinning being just some of them.

    A. L. Barker deserves to be better known. Faber Finds is proud to be reissuing her entire oeuvre, six volumes of short stories - Innocents, Novelette with Other Stories, Femina Real, Life Stories, No Words of Love and Element of Doubt - and thirteen novels - Apology for a Hero, A Case Examined, The Joy-Ride and After, Lost Upon the Roundabouts, The Middling, John Brown's Body, Source of Embarrassment, A Heavy Feather, Relative Successes, The Gooseboy, The Woman Who Talked to Herself, Zeph and The Haunt.

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