The Stories

The Stories

Book - 2014
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Throughout her career, prize-winning novelist Jane Gardam has been writing glorious short stories, each one hallmarked with all the originality, poignancy, wry comedy and narrative brilliance of her longer fiction. Passion and longing, metamorphosis and enchantment are Gardam's themes, and like a magician she plucks them from the quietest of corners: from Wimbledon gardens and cold churches, from London buses and industrial backstreets. A mother watching her children on the beach dreams of a long-lost lover, an abandoned army wife sees a ghost at a moorland gate, a translator adrift in Geneva is haunted by the unspeakable manifestation of her own fears, and a colonial servant wreaks a delicious revenge on her monstrous masters. Gardam's cast is wide and wonderful, saints and mystics, trollops and curmudgeons, yearning mothers and lost children, beloved figures such as Old Filth and less familiar - but equally unforgettable - characters like Signor Settimo, the sad-eyed provincial photographer marooned in Shipley or Florrie Ironside, the ferocious matron he seduces. With a mischievous ear for dialogue, a glittering eye for detail and a capacious understanding of the vagaries of the human heart, Jane Gardam's stories will captivate, sadden and delight.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2014
ISBN: 9781408705681
Branch Call Number: F GAR NVD
Characteristics: xi, 466 p. ; 24 cm

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uncommonreader
Oct 30, 2015

This is a collection of short stories published from the 1970s to the 1990s, chosen by Gardam herself. Most are wonderful, funny and insightful.

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Alfalfa14
Aug 15, 2015

Discovered Jane Gardam in my 20s, beginning with Crusoe's Daughter, and have since recommended her to serious readers as a wonderfully insightful and witty author. No one is ever malevolent in her stories, they're simply needing more love. She's a quiet treasure.

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okbookgirl
Sep 10, 2014

A big collection of short stories by one of the UK's best writers. I loved Gardam's "Old Filth" trilogy, and there are many stories here up to that high standard of writing.

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