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Poignant, funny and perceptive, Helen Simpson's fifth collection of short stories deals with the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between. A young woman's diary records a blackly farcical escape attempt involving flamenco, murder and wild picnics; two students fall in love then almost talk themselves out of it in an argument about the end of the world; a heartfelt anti-cancer spell is cast in the desire to protect a friend.

Moving effortlessly between tragedy and comedy, from the politics of wanderlust to domestic extremism, this is an intoxicating collection from a master of the genre.

Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9780099546122
Branch Call Number: SIMP
Characteristics: 132 p. ; 20 cm

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Jan 13, 2014

These short stories are both funny and unsentimental. The theme of many of these stories is climate change and the environment, told with a biting wit, and most relevant to to-day's world.

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