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

November 20th, 2017 § 0 comments

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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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