Publication Date: 01-Jul-09 | ISBN: 9781844715749 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 128pp | Format: Paperback
UK & International Distribution: | Publishing Status: Active
‘When I think of the trouble they’ve got me in, I don’t know why I love Parker pens the way I do…’
Robert Graham’s elegantly crafted short stories are heartwarming, quirky and shot through with moments of surprise and delight.
The title story’s teenaged protagonist finds his view of life transformed when he meets an attractive girl who announces herself as an absolutist. The narrator of ‘Celebrity Blessings’ finds the affirmation he lacks from the living and dead celebs he meets in his local supermarket. ‘Fruit or Vegetable’ features Joe and Sarah, the central characters from Robert Graham’s acclaimed novel Holy Joe.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Only Living Boy; Fruit or Vegetable?; Celebrity Blessings; Did The Strand; Bathers; The Urban Spacemen ; The Life Class ; Playing Gershwin; Mud; The Walking Plan; And In The Wisps Of Passing Clouds; The Secret Life of Frank; Acknowledgements
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“Robert Graham writes about desire and disappointment and coming to terms – and ultimately about hope. His eye for the epiphanic moment is sharp and unblinking, his witty, well-turned prose always a source of pleasure ” —
Robert Graham grew up around Belfast and lives with his wife and three children in Manchester. He teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Faculty. He is the co-author, with Keith Baty, of Elvis - The Novel (The Do-Not Press, 1997). His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies and on Radio 4.