Friday, 24 April 2009

New Discovery

I went to one of Manchester's Central Library's readings a wee while ago and heard Mark Illis read a story from his new collection Tender. I was blown away.

It is a collection of short stories revolving around one family (stories take different points of view). The one he read was told by the daughter, absolutely heartbreaking in its observation, teenagerism (?) and perfectly timed.

I didn't have enough money to buy a book so can't tell you any more aout the other pieces, but on the strength of what I heard, would thoroughly recommend getting hold of the book. What can be better than a series of well-tuned short stories, that know exactly where to start and end, that don't over-egg the situation and that together add up to the bigger picture we associate with a novel?

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