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MacLeod, Alison J. (2017) All the Beloved Ghosts. Bloomsbury Uk, Bloomsbury USA and Penguin Canada, UK, USA, Canada plus international distribution. ISBN 9781408863756

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Published on 9th March, 2017 (UK), April 18th (USA) and May 30th (Canada)

Publisher's Description:
Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded,blending fiction, biography and memoir

Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures.

In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman emerges from mourning and wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the edge of consciousness as he awaits a new heart – and is transported to an attic room half a century ago. In an ancient Yorkshire churchyard, the author visits Sylvia Plath’s grave and makes an unexpected connection across time. On a trip to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the ultimate spiritual test. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by the past, all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes.

Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this collection captures the surprising joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.


“Wide-ranging and haunting, this collection seamlessly blends memoir, biography, and imagination to create narratives that explore the edges of reality and the ghosts that exist there… All these stories are written in striking prose… with compassion and genuine human emotion. A uniquely cohesive collection of short examinations of aging, death, and living, these stories are subtly moving and thoroughly engaging.” KIRKUS REVIEW

“In this new short story collection, Alison MacLeod works with what matters. She never flinches from the real and the present yet she breathes such life into memory that past worlds scintillate on the page. Her prose is urgent, unexpected, and robust, moving effortlessly between time frames and never ceasing to be beautiful…. It is a marvellous and unerringly poignant piece of work.” Michèle Forbes, author of GHOST MOTH

“This collection’s taut, restrained prose belies bravery, as the author walks a tightrope between fiction and reality. Chekhov narrates his own death, Tony Blair is put under citizen’s arrest (I cheered!), and ordinary men and women have conversations that make a reader want to lean in, as if to eavesdrop. Alison MacLeod’s range and ambition are uniquely impressive.” Debbie Willis, author of THE DARK AND OTHER LOVE STORIES

a “brilliant gathering of short fiction” BOOKLIST

a “captivating book of stories” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Alison Macleod
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 14:17

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