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Short stories from the award-winning, bestselling and acclaimed Michael Arditti

‘[These stories] simply and elegantly break your heart. They deserve a wide audience, and will create a wiser one’ Amanda Craig

Arditti imbues his stories of loneliness, confusion and the uncertainties of sexual neophytes with genuine pathos and . . . humour’ The Times

A young boy discovers the ambiguity of adult affection. A camp comedian cracks up on stage. A picture-restorer learns to accept her husband’s true nature. A travel agent tastes the mysterious power of the Internet. A honeymoon couple take an unconventional route to love . . .

These stories employ a spectrum of different voices to explore all aspects of experience – friendship, family, misunderstandings, frustrations, griefs and joys. They will appeal not only to the author’s loyal readers, but also to a broad new readership for their assured style, humour, compassion and insight.

Reviews

[These stories] simply and elegantly break your heart. They deserve a wide audience, and will create a wiser one
Amanda Craig, Literary Review
Arditti imbues his stories of loneliness, confusion and the uncertainties of sexual neophytes with genuine pathos and . . . humour
The Times
At his best when he . . . allows his characters to seduce us with nothing more than the ordinariness of their lives
Times Literary Supplement
The diverse, urbane stories here ARE good, some of them are fun, and others are far from clean
Shena Mackay
These are grown-up stories for grown-up people . . . presented in often extreme and dramatic narratives
Michael Langan, Attitude
A simply outstanding collection . . . Elegant, tender, shocking, full of wit and insight - these stories are never less than beautifully executed
Manchester City Life