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The Only Living Boy,

Robert Graham

The Only Living Boy, Robert Graham


Publication Date: 01-Jul-09 | ISBN: 9781844715749 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 128pp | Format: Paperback

UK & International Distribution: Macmillan Distribution | Publishing Status: ActiveShop online at HiveFind your local bookshop




‘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.


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


“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 ” —Nicholas Royle



Robert GrahamRobert 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.

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A Man Walks into a Kitchen, Robert Graham

A Man Walks into a Kitchen,

Robert Graham

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In mid-60s Belfast, Eddie Francey is a young comedian trying to get a break. He wonders if he has what it takes, but he has responsibilities: a wife and young son. He worries if he is the kind of guy who will take the necessary risks, the kind to jump off a cliff. This is the point when an explosive passion for another woman, who could not be more off-limits, overtakes him. Family means a lot to him. All he has ever dreamt of is success. The last thing he needs at the moment is to fall for the last woman on earth he ought to fall for. A Man Walks Into A Kitchen is both love story and comedy. But will the comedy in the end turn into a tragedy?
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