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Ian Sansom is back with another antidote to the festive season with this brilliant collection of short stories, filled with those same emotions we feel year upon year in the most trying and joyous of months – anticipation, frustration, despair and ecstasy. December Stories II will make you laugh, cry and question everything you thought you knew about Christmas, Yuletide, the winter solstice, etcetera. In these stories, Sansom’s vivid and varying characters peel back the many layers of the winter month, from a lonely mother to a guardian angel, a pest-controller to a 'bar-bar-bar owning brother' to a baker selling lockdown sourdough kits, these snippets of lives are revealing and beautifully familiar. With the cynical wit and emotional insight we’ve come to expect from Sansom, get ready to fall in love with this mind of winter, and you might begin to wonder, are December Stories becoming a tradition? ‘Happy, Merry, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.’[read more]
'By resisting representational narrative, this book works like a 3D printer. Language is the raw material, laid down layer by layer, until the solid object of the story is formed. Non-conformist, hypnotic, incantatory, and satisfyingly strange.' Jeanette Winterson
'Seed is Joanna Walsh's best book, and that's saying something.' Isabel Waidner, author of Sterling Karat Gold.
'Seed is a marvel. Each page Joanna Walsh writes shines with such vividness and depth, painting a distinct vision that compels the reader to gaze again, to gaze ever deeper.' Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
'More than any other book I have ever read, Seed captures the experience of girlhood for me: the messiness, confusion and glory. Not hyperbole: just what I feel.' Wendy Erskine
DIMENSIONS: 237 x 172 x 200mm
Printed on Munken Premium White 90gsm Paper with French Fold Jacket.
Limited Edition Set
The limited edition of Seed is presented in a case and includes the paperback edition along with seven illustrated chapbooks. Each chapbook contains a disentangled narrative vine from the novel. The chapbooks are saddle stitched. The author has created original artwork to accompany the text. Three limited edition prints will be included in each set.
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Play Joanna's 'spontaneous-looking generative artwork inspired by fractal natural forms' Thicket[read more]
'This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.' Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019
'This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O'Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.' Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019
'The funniest book of the year.' Sunday Independent
'Declan Burke is one funny bastard. With The Lammisters, he has presented us not alone with a book full of bootleggers, starlets, pirates, movie moguls and knaves in a Damon Runyon/Blackadder mash-up, but he also conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story, showing a healthy and justified contempt for scribblers. Ultimately, an enjoyable jape from first to last.’ Liz Nugent, Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait, Skin Deep
'Never mind arguments about crime fiction and genre. Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.' Eoin McNamee, The Vogue[read more]
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Includes 'Balloon Animals' by Laura-Blaise McDowell, shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards category WRITING.IE SHORT STORY OF THE YEAR 2019 and 'Scrimshaw' by Eley Williams, shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020.
With an introduction from June Caldwell (Room Little Darker, 2017), Still Worlds Turning presents new stories from the following contributors:
Niall Bourke, Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, Judyth Emanuel, Wendy Erskine, Louise Farr, Lauren Foley, Ian Green, Daniel Hickey, Michael Holloway, Suzanne Joinson, Niamh MacCabe, Laura-Blaise McDowell, Gerard McKeown, Mandy Taggart, Catherine Talbot, Sam Thompson, Joanna Walsh, Dawn Watson, Eley Williams.[read more]
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Ian Sansom's December Stories 1 (November 2018)
An Antidote to the Festive Season
A collection of Short Stories, Vignettes, Axioms, the Odd Recipe, Art Criticism, Meditations and Literary Curiosities relating to all things festive.[read more]
A comical homage to a city ablaze with recreational rioting where everyone’s fired up with their own twisted agenda. Tommy Bridge, a cop who’s known hard times, now armed with a yoga mat, a Glock and his own - slightly suspect - moral code, is out to seek revenge. Clark Wallace, criminal Kingpin and riot choreographer is on the rampage. Jimmy McAuley, a stoned student who wanders into the wrong place at the wrong time ends up going viral. Grace Doran, investigative journalist with conflicted morals, is good at her job but is she out to get more than the truth behind the events?[read more]