by Emma Timpany
In The Lost of Syros, a debut collection of stories by Emma Timpany, revelations come unexpectedly: in a shower of gold on a snow-covered volcano in Antarctica; at a graffiti-scarred Aboriginal sacred site; in a mouthful of cake. Precise and delicately written, these stories are little windows into life.
978-0-9926485-2-8. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 128pp. July 2015. Short Stories. £12.00.
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‘The Glasshouse Mountains’ is a potent mix of three things: first, some fabulous writing; second, an intriguing theme explored in an original way; and third, that most elusive of things – that indefinable quality which gets under the skin of a readers’ memory, and won’t quite let you forget it.
Judge of The Society of Women Writers and Journalists’ Short Story Award 2011
[The Pledge is] a finely tuned story about the instinct for love and duty.
Jane Gardam and Jacob Ross
Judges of the Tom-Gallon Award 2011
These poignant stories are so skilfully constructed they draw you effortlessly into different times and places. Precise, yet delicately written, they are little windows into life, showing you things to think on long after you have finished reading them. This is a superb debut collection that will resonate with me for a long time to come.
Author of The Dark Inside
Emma Timpany was born and grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her stories have won awards including The Sara Park Memorial Short Story Award 2013, The Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award 2011 and The Society of Women Writers and Journalists’ Short Story Award 2011.
A pamphlet of her stories, Over The Dam, was published by Red Squirrel Press in April 2015. She currently lives in Cornwall.