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From the pen of Mick Jackson, author of The Underground Man and Five Boys, come these ten acclaimed tales. Featuring undertakers, dark forests, resurrected butterflies and a singularly mean-spirited horse, the stories are nevertheless rooted in the realistic and all too recognisable world of retirement, loneliness, and childhood boredom.
By turns funny, scary and heartbreaking, they are always illuminating, and further evidence of one of the most original and brilliant imaginations in contemporary fiction.
I'm pretty sure an eight-year old would love the weirdness of Ten Sorry Tales. So, too, would a teenager. Me? I loved them. They made me laugh and tweaked a dormant nerve.
A real treat for fans of surreal literature ... Strange, but superb.
Wonderfully macabre, crookedly comic short stories ... Complemented by David Roberts's nicely ghoulish graphics, these vignettes possess a mischievousness and nastiness peculiar to children, yet are pierced with the bitter experiences of growing up. Jackson is a genuine English eccentric.
Mick Jackson's stories have a childlike quality to them, but this is less to do with their innocence and simplicity than with their fierce commitment to narrative momentum. No word or thought is wasted ... David Roberts's beautiful, haunting illustrations play up the book's macabre overtones, but while the stories are gothic, they are also profoundly human at heart. Sorry tales, but oddly life affirming too.
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