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Friendship blossoms between an enigmatic girl and a whisky distiller’s granddaughter on a remote Scottish island.
It’s the 1950s, and Lorrie is unimpressed when her family moves to the remote Scottish island where her grandad runs a whisky distillery. She befriends Sylvie, the shy girl next door: ‘The slightest smile from Sylvie was a fluffy elephant at the fair. It had to be won with a clear aim,’ writes Lorrie. Yet fun-loving Lorrie isn’t sure Sylvie’s is the friendship she wants to win.
As the adults around them struggle to keep their lives on an even keel, the two young women are drawn into a series of events that leave the small town wondering who exactly Sylvie is and what strange gift she is hiding.
About the Author
Angela Readman is a twice-shortlisted winner of the Costa Short Story Award.Her debut story collection Don't Try This at Home was published by And Other Stories in 2015. It won The Rubery Book Prize and was shortlisted in the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She also writes poetry, and her collection The Book of Tides was published by Nine Arches in 2016. Something Like Breathing is her first novel.
'Angela Readman's stories are fantastic, delightful gifts.' Toby Litt, author of Hospital and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists'Angela Readman's prose exhibits two complimentary styles: fabulation is rendered deadpan, while wonderfully inventive similes are used to describe the everyday. Borges, Kafka and Angela Carter will all be reference points, but there is something joyfully distinctive about Readman's voice.' Toby Lichtig, Sunday Telegraph
'Readman writes with precision. Her stories emit suppressed yearning and she makes poignant comments about loneliness, identity, survival. Angela Carter is an obvious influence but fans of Donald Barthelme and Charles Baudelaire will cherish the emergence of a moral absurdist for our times.' Max Liu, The Independent
'A masterclass in the surreal . . . This slim volume shows why she won the Costa Short Story Award.' Max Wallis, 10 Best Spring Reads, The Independent
`Sparky, shining writing that zings from the page. Subversive, funny and incisive. A real talent.' Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else's Skin
ISBN: 9781911508304 ISBN-10: 191150830X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 256 Published: 15th April 2019 Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.27