For those that like their reading to be short yet graceful I can’t recommend The Lost of Syros highly enough. Emma Timpany’s fabulous short stories, of which there are 16, are to be read on that long train journey or whilst sitting up late at night with a glass of something to sip whilst you dip in and out of the pages.
Locations bound as you journey through the individual stories, with descriptive feelings more than actual descriptions conjuring up the sense of place that each story explores.
The characters and places explored here will remain a while after their particular journey or visit is over, which is a lovely thing in my eyes.
So reads the review of Emma Timpany’s short story collection,The Lost of Syros, by ‘NC’ in My Cornwall Magazine, April-May 2016.
A review on Literature Works (reviewer not named) gives further praise, citing this collection as “an example of just why the short story is celebrating something of a heyday.”
The stories contained within the collection are skilfully crafted delights which demonstrate a precision and decisiveness behind every word appearing on the page, a technical style which is reminiscent of modernist writers such as Katherine Mansfield. Interestingly,Mansfield’s presence is echoed in the simultaneous efficacy and richness of the writing and also in the use of her biography to provide subject matter for some of the stories such as ‘Painting Katherine’. For me, the result of Timpany’s decision to use Mansfield in this way added to the strength of the writing itself lends a haunting quality to the work which stays with you and provokes thought, long after the final page of the last story is devoured.