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The stories / Jane Gardam.

The stories / Jane Gardam.
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ISBN 9781408705681 (hardback)
Author Gardam, Jane author.
Title The stories / Jane Gardam.
Publisher/Date London : Little, Brown, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, 2014.
Pagination etc. xi, 466 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents note Hetty sleeping -- Lunch with Ruth Sykes -- The great, grand soap-water kick -- The sidmouth letters -- A spot of gothic -- The tribute -- The pig boy -- Rode by all with pride -- The Easter lilies -- The first Adam -- The pangs of love -- Stone trees -- An unknown child -- Showing the flag -- Swan -- Damage -- The dixie girls -- Groundlings -- Grace -- Miss Mistletoe -- Telegony I. Going into a dark house -- Telegony II. Signor settimo -- Telegony III. The hot sweets of Cremona -- The boy who turned into a bike -- Missing the midnight -- The zoo at Christmas -- Old filth -- The green man -- Soul mates -- The people on Privilege Hill.
Summary Note Throughout her career, prize-winning novelist Jane Gardam has been writing glorious short stories, each one hallmarked with all the originality, poignancy, wry comedy and narrative brilliance of her longer fiction. Passion and longing, metamorphosis and enchantment are Gardam's themes, and like a magician she plucks them from the quietest of corners: from Wimbledon gardens and cold churches, from London buses and industrial backstreets. A mother watching her children on the beach dreams of a long-lost lover, an abandoned army wife sees a ghost at a moorland gate, a translator adrift in Geneva is haunted by the unspeakable manifestation of her own fears, and a colonial servant wreaks a delicious revenge on her monstrous masters. Gardam's cast is wide and wonderful, saints and mystics, trollops and curmudgeons, yearning mothers and lost children, beloved figures such as Old Filth and less familiar - but equally unforgettable - characters like Signor Settimo, the sad-eyed provincial photographer marooned in Shipley or Florrie Ironside, the ferocious matron he seduces. With a mischievous ear for dialogue, a glittering eye for detail and a capacious understanding of the vagaries of the human heart, Jane Gardam's stories will captivate, sadden and delight.
Subject Short stories
Conduct of life -- Fiction
Shelf Location F GARD
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