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Alison MacLeod is one of our most acclaimed literary writers: her last novel Unexploded was longl... Read More

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Alison MacLeod is one of our most acclaimed literary writers: her last novel Unexploded was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.MacLeod is a master of the short story form: The Heart of Denis Noble, included in this collection, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Four of these stories were originally commissioned by and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 or 4.All the Beloved Ghosts will have a major publicity campaign including widespread review coverage and author festival and event appearances.Alison MacLeod was born in Canada and has lived in the UK since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Alison MacLeod is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton. alison-macleod.comSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARDS Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded, blending fiction, biography and memoir Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures. In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman emerges from mourning and wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the edge of consciousness as he awaits a new heart - and is transported to an attic room half a century ago. In an ancient Yorkshire churchyard, the author visits Sylvia Plath's grave and makes an unexpected connection across time. On a trip to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the ultimate spiritual test. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by the past, all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this collection captures the surprising joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded, blending fiction, biography and memoirLike a piece of finely wrought ironwork, uncommonly delicate but at the same time astonishingly strong and tensile . . . a novel of staggering elegance and beautyAn intelligent, perceptive novel by a writer of great descriptive power . Like her modernist forebears, MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist - her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide pageturnerMacLeod's fictions are evocations of desire and its mysteries . . . [Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening toCompelling, fast-paced, powerful. The descriptions of wartime Brighton are pin-sharp . . . the denouement is as heartrending as it is unexpectedFinely wrought, moving and haunting. What a wonderful novel this is. Bravo Alison MacLeodUnexploded is an unforgettable book. With exquisitely researched and rendered detail, the author plunges us into the panic and paranoia of warA persuasive period setting, an intricate plot, sumptuous proseMacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of lifeFull of simmering tension, resentment and unexpressed passion . . . A bold, cleverly-told story from a writer who knows exactly what she's doingThe author's grasp of emotions, and history of art as well as politics, lend depth and charge . [There is also] the sensuality of MacLeod's prose, whether dealing with art, desire or love; and her uncanny way of allowing us to experience the thought processes of her characters as if they are traversing our own brain synapsesAlison MacLeod is a strikingly original voice. Her stories create intimate worlds . and make the reader live in them with an intensity which is haunting, disturbing and above all beguilingMacLeod's range - spanning the movingly real to the mysteriously surreal - is excitingly, imaginatively realised and unified in awareness of the dark menace of love's uncertaintyExcellence book-ended by brilliance ... An eruption of ideas and linguistic flair ... Highly recommendedCompelling characters and pin-sharp insights into their emotional and psychological landscapes are Alison MacLeod's strong suit ... These are arresting tales; undercurrents of passion swirl beneath their controlled, elegant surfacesif you only read one book of short-stories this year, it should be this one ... MacLeod obviously loves taking risks - mixing the metaphysical with the mundane - and she is so brilliant at it that she never fails to keep the reader engagedThis blurring of reality and imagination gives the stories an unsettling quality ... The stories exercise a hypnotic effect, providing a kaleidoscope of life, colour and anguishThroughout these stories we are reminded, with skillful subtlety, of just how much the past is integral to the presentSeamlessly knots together essayistic and imaginative modes of writing...McLeod's formal sophistication and her impeccably elegant, richly textured prose make this another collection to savourShort story lovers will devour Alison MacLeod's evocative All The Beloved GhostsThe story entitled 'We Are Methodists' proved as page-turning as any thriller . The stories are clever and meaningful, but in a good way: perfectly balanced, told with wit, insight and delicious phrasing. Brilliant!

Product Details

Title: All the Beloved Ghosts
Author: Alison MacLeod
SKU: BK0413366
EAN: 9781408863763

About Author

Alison MacLeod is the author of three novels - The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 - and two story collections. She is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award. She was Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester until 2018, when she became Visiting Professor to write full-time. She lives in Brighton.

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