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Sex & Death

Sex & Death

ISBN
9780571322428
Published
01/09/2016
9780571322428
Format
Hardback
Price
£18.99
Paperback
336

About the Book

How we come in, and how we go out, sex and death: these are the governing drives, our two greatest themes.

In this provocative, haunting and sexy collection of short stories, a group of acclaimed writers from across the globe probe the nature of, and connection between, two of the most powerful, exhilarating and terrifying forces that define and shape the human experience: sex and death.

Here we see the events that mark the lives of the young and old, of men and women, of those meeting only briefly and of others reflecting on shared pasts. In these intense, often traumatic and sometimes humorous interactions, we are confronted not just with our urges and anxieties, but with the very limits of mortality and morbidity.

Honest, compassionate and psychologically astute, the stories in Sex & Death are daring in their approaches to the form and relentless in their pursuit of what it is to be human.

Featuring stories by:

Kevin Barry
Lynn Coady
Ceridwen Dovey
Robert Drewe
Damon Galgut
Petina Gappah
Sarah Hall
Peter Hobbs
Yiyun Li
Alexander MacLeod
Ben Marcus
Jon McGregor
Guadalupe Nettel
Courttia Newland
Taiye Selasi
Ali Smith
Wells Tower
Alan Warner
Claire Vaye Watkins
Clare Wigfall

How we come in, and how we go out, sex and death: these are the governing drives, our two greatest themes.In this provocative, haunting and sexy collection of short stories, a group of acclaimed writers from across the globe probe the nature of, and connection between, two of the most powerful, exhilarating and terrifying forces that define and shape the human experience: sex and death.Here we see the events that mark the lives of the young and old, of men and women, of those meeting only briefly and of others reflecting on shared pasts. In these intense, often traumatic and sometimes humorous interactions, we are confronted not just with our urges and anxieties, but with the very limits of mortality and morbidity.Honest, compassionate and psychologically astute, the stories in Sex & Death are daring in their approaches to the form and relentless in their pursuit of what it is to be human.Featuring stories by:Kevin BarryLynn CoadyCeridwen DoveyRobert DreweDamon GalgutPetina GappahSarah HallPeter HobbsYiyun LiAlexander MacLeodBen MarcusJon McGregorGuadalupe NettelCourttia NewlandTaiye SelasiAli SmithWells TowerAlan WarnerClaire Vaye WatkinsClare Wigfall
  • Sarah Hall

    Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. Twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, she is the award-winning author of five novels and three short-story collections – The Beautiful Indifference, which won the Edge Hill and Portico prizes, Madame Zero, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and winner of the East Anglian Book Award, and Sudden Traveller (2019). She is currently the only author to be three times shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, which she won in 2013 with ‘Mrs Fox’.  

  • Peter Hobbs

    Peter Hobbs grew up in Cornwall and Yorkshire, and lives in London. His debut novel, The Short Day Dying, was published by Faber in 2005. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and won a Betty Trask Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A collection of stories, I Could Ride All Day In My Cool Blue Train, was published in 2006.

“The stories in Sex & Death often show death at a remove . . . But if many characters remain largely oblivious to death until it forces its way into their lives, they are only too conscious of sex and the having of it . . . the division between life and death is at all times thinner and more fragile than we willingly admit.”
- Chris Power, Guardian
“These 20 stories grapple with the meaning of life in myriad heartfelt ways, combining to create a challenging yet life-affirming read. Curl up on the sofa and indulge yourself.'”
- Imogen Lycett Green, Daily Mail

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