The Year of the Crab by Gordon Meade – sold!

November 20th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Sally Evans was reviewing The Year of the Crab by Gordon Meade in the Callander Bookshop, which she runs. On leaving the book on the counter for a few minutes, Sally returned to find her copy of the book had been sold. What better review for Gordon Meade’s poetry collection on his experience of cancer. Sally Evans says:

If you overcome cancer you are a winner, not merely a survivor, argues Meade in one of his poems. Using the craft he has learned writing of birds and animals, he firmly and gracefully describes a whole range of effects of cancer on his life: how the doctors did or didn’t interact with him, how he felt, how he determined to beat it by reading and writing. The poems refer to various gurus including Eve Ensler and Plath. ‘1) Why have you got cancer. 2) Do you want to live?’ Is the header quote in one poem. His reading of cancer is not medical so much as confrontational. Writers who have overcome cancer and dealt with it repay our attention as we follow his poems.

Poetically the book is mature and sound. In its theory and approach, it has relevance for everyone involved with cancer – surely a majority of readers, when friends or relatives are hit by the disease.

You can read all of Sally Evans’s review here.

Buy a copy of Gordon Meade’s new collection for £10 plus p&p: The Year of the Crab

Add in Les Animots: a Human Bestiary, also by Gordon Meade, with images by Doug Robertson, for £13. If you buy two or more books from this website, p&p is free

Spotlight on our best short stories: Anna Maconochie, Maria C. McCarthy and Frances Gapper

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Only the Visible Can Vanish, Anna Maconochie’s debut story collection has been named by Rowena Macdonald as one of the best books she read in 2016. This post appears on Under the Radar 

I really loved Anna Maconochie’s debut collection, Only The Visible Can Vanish (Cultured Llama). It was one of the best books I read last year. Reminded me at times of Angela Carter and Haruki Murakami. Really sharp, sparkling, funny, slightly surreal, occasionally dark stories about love, sex and work in contemporary London. It should be better known.

Anna Maconochie’s book costs £12 plus p&p. Order it here:Only the Visible Can Vanish

Kieran comes home “with his shirt splattered with blood”, on the night of the Guildford pub bombings. His mother knows that soaking the blood from his shirt is the least of her worries as an Irish woman living in England.

Maria C. McCarthy’s story, ‘Cold Salt Water’, appears on East of the Web.

Another story by Maria C. McCarthy appears on East of the Web – ‘Caged’.

‘Cold Salt Water appears in As Long as it Takes, by Maria C. McCarthy, £12 plus p&p, or with free p&p if you order two or more books from this website.

In an interview with Frances Gapper on Flash Frontier, Frances explains the title of her story collection, In the Wild Wood:

The name comes from a conversation I had with my mum, Patience. At the time I was staying in her house and trying to look after her – she had Alzheimer’s and I was heading for a breakdown. She asked me “Are we going to the wild wood?” Part of me hoped there might be an actual wood nearby, somewhere between the main roads in dusty Brentford, West London. I asked her “Where is the wild wood?” and she replied “I’ve no idea.” Of course the Middle English word wode also means mad or insane; in that sense we were already in the wild wood together. The title’s associations for me also include the opening of Dante’s Inferno: “In the middle of the journey of our life / I found myself astray in a dark wood…” (Seamus Heaney’s translation).

Frances also talks about the beautiful cover image, by her friends Jane Eccles.

This beautiful book costs £12 plus p&p, and can be ordered here: In the Wild Wood

There is free p&p if you order two or more books from this website.

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