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    • A.L. Barker
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'Dauntingly fresh' OBSERVER

'Hot, sparkling and exciting' INDEPENDENT

'Mercurial and elusive' ADAM MARS-JONES

A. L. Barker dissects the unnerving emotions of everyday life with the sly humour and exquisite feel for language that prompted Auberon Waugh to declare that she 'writes like an angel and I love her'.

In her tenth collection of stories, Barker unfolds tales of cunning, fancy and shifting alliances. Here a young boy fosters grand illusions; a wife faces broken promises; a dutiful committee woman meets a sparky old gentleman; a witch is drowned; an intruder insinuates himself into a lonely woman's holiday; and commonplace superstition mingles effortlessly with submerged desire.
  • Published: Jun 05 2003
  • Pages: 256
  • 200 x 125mm
  • ISBN: 9781860499289
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Press Reviews

  • Boyd Tonkin

    Marries the deadpan timing of Kingsley Amis at his driest with a tinge of eerie nature-mysticism that brings Iris Murdoch to mind .... Hot, sparkling, exciting
  • Observer
    Almost dauntingly fresh -- glancing, mercurial, elusive
  • Jane Gardam

    Her prose is like the botanical flower paintings at Kew: 17 washes precede the final glaze
  • Adam Mars-Jones

    Glancing, mercurial, elusive
  • Auberon Waugh

    She writes like an angel and I love her
  • Elizabeth Berridge

    Barker has come full circle, and the short story reigns triumphant