The new story collection from one of our most celebrated masters of the form, Sarah Hall.
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*WINNER OF THE BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD 2020*
SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK MEMORIAL PRIZE
A Guardian, Financial Times and Irish Times Book of the Year
‘No one writes stories the way Hall does and quite possibly no one ever will. Astonishing, miraculous, a gift.’ Daisy Johnson
‘The queen of dark short fiction.’ Guardian
‘Astonishing, miraculous, a gift.’ Daisy Johnson
‘The best short story writer in Britain.’ Spectator
In Turkish forests or rain-drenched Cumbrian villages, characters walk, drive, dream and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journey through life and death. Radical, charged with a transformative, elemental power, each of these stories invites us to stand at the very edge of our possible selves.
Includes the story ‘The Grotesques’, winner of the BBC Short Story Award, 2020.
Hall seems to have made the short story genre explicitly her own . . . Her most personal and beautiful work yet.
Feral and alive . . . It’s a voice, fierce and unapologetic, uniquely her own.
Sarah Hall’s stories are extraordinary. Magical. I never know where the next one will take me.’
Reading Sarah Hall’s fiction is a full-body experience . . . her words engage all five senses.
Hall’s writing is, as ever, arresting, polished, charged with imagery, luscious and electric. Reading her in Sudden Traveller is like watching a fireworks display . . . Always on display is a sense of concentrated, spiky, efficient power.
One of the trickiest puzzles short story writers face is how to get readers to care about their characters . . . Against this backdrop, the level of engagement Sarah Hall achieves in some of the stories in her latest collection, Sudden Traveller, is staggering.
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