A new collection of Byatt stories is always a winner and never fails to delight. This one takes an unexpected turn, bringing shivers as well as magical thrills.
The Little Black Book holds its secrets, and they will linger in your mind forever. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged women walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their childhood fears and memories and the strange thing they saw -- or thought they saw -- so long ago. A distinguished male obstetrician and a young woman artist meet in a hospital. But both of them have very different ideas about body parts, birth and death. An innocent member of an evening class turns out to have her own decided views on how to use “raw material.” The five stories in this marvelous collection are by turns funny, spooky, sparkling, sad, and utterly unforgettable.
From the Hardcover edition.
"These little stories by one of Britain's foremost grandes dames of the writing world are a delightful surprise, packing a much greater punch than many full-length novels... They are moving, thought-provoking, witty and shocking all at once" * Sunday Telegraph *
"A cabinet of curiosities... Glitteringly beautiful. Byatt is a vivid colourist" * Sunday Times *
"As ever, Byatt's language has the clear intensity of a poem" * Daily Mail *
"Byatt is the grande dame of British fiction... Those acquainted with her previous work will recognise her fascination with the supernatural, as well as the erudition and attention to detail that are trademarks of her style" * Financial Times *
"Each story resembles a novel in miniature-there is a unique, experimental feel to this engaging, unsettling collection that will not hinder the author's reputation as a literary giant" * Scotland on Sunday *
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 4th November 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1