Book Review: England and Other Stories by Graham Swift (2014)

Perhaps more than any other writer working today, Graham Swift has a knack of crafting stories that sneak up on you. In his Booker-winning Last Orders, there was no high concept and no stylistic trickery. But by the end the cumulative emotional impact was overwhelming, as you belatedly realise how invested you  had become in these seemingly unremarkable people going about their unremarkable lives.

This new short story collection has 25 stories imbued with that same deceptive brilliance, pared down vignettes from a literary alchemist who somehow combines several seemingly ordinary ingredients into something that touches profundity.

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s