London Calling tours London. Jeremy Page’s novella and stories

September 24th, 2018 § 0 comments

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There is a thing going on of Cultured Llama books literally (and literarily) going on tour (see Unusual Places in unusual places). Jeremy Page’s London Calling and Other Stories has been spotted, on Twitter, on the top of a Routemaster bus in Piccadilly and in other London locations. Jeremy Page is well-known as the editor of The Frogmore Papers. Jeremy doesn’t ‘do’ social media, but @FrogmorePress has been taking the book out and about.

At the heart of Jeremy Page’s collection of long, short and flash fiction is the eponymous novella, London Calling, a comic tour-de-force set in a 1980s squat. Other stories feature a woman who remains in bed due to ennui, murder in a crime bookshop, and all the small resentments of a marriage condensed into two paragraphs. These are stories for our strange, unsettling times.

978-1-9164128-1-1. Cultured Llama. PB. 203×127mm. 152pp. September 2018. Short Stories. £12.00

In these clever, surprising stories, Page’s delicately delineated fictional characters struggle with marital micro-aggressions, the pathos of loss, and the mythical significance of a can of Special Brew. These are fictions which explore, with admirable poetic compression and superb control of imagery, the nature of reality; seemingly innocuous ‘realistic’ situations rapidly slide into alarming surreality. Language and meaning should be fixed and stable, but aren’t; miscommunication and misunderstanding cause the ground beneath characters’ feet to tilt, often alarmingly, leaving the reader both satisfied and unsettled. These are stories for our strange, unsettling times.

Catherine Smith, Writer, author of The Biting Point

Order for £12 plus p&p: London Calling and Other Stories

Post and packaging is free if you buy two or more books.

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