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Stepping Out,

Cynthia Rogerson

Stepping Out, Cynthia Rogerson


Publication Date: 25-Jul-12 | ISBN: 9781907773204 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 256pp | Format: Paperback

UK & International Distribution: Grantham Book Services | Publishing Status: ActiveShop online at HiveFind your local bookshop




These stories observe how people live through moments of realisation; how they negotiate the avenues of loss, with cowardice and courage and a fair amount of bewilderment.

While fishing on a sunny loch, a woman is suddenly convinced and terrified that her lover is about to leave her. Parents in San Francisco learn that their son has been in a car accident, and may be dying. A girl loses her virginity the same day as the funeral of her much despised mother, and later understands which is the greater loss.

Humour threads through these dark moments and days. Even death – especially death – is not exempt. And love is perfectly heaving with embarrassing poignancy. These are warm stories about real people. Loss changes them, but change makes them feel alive.


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ACCIDENT; A Dangerous Place; The Etiquette of Accidents; Homesick; Rubbish Day ; ELISABETH; The Bear; Room ; Enough Room; Home on the Road; Sam the Man; Summer; JACK AND MILDRED; Wait for Me, Jack; Stepping Out; Wine Tasting; First; FRANK AND MARTHA; The World and Things in It; To Dance; The Truth about Roller Coasters; The Purpose of Photographs; TRUE STORIES; Like Singing; Belated Love Letter from a Famous Writer; Persephone’s Passion; Herman’s Night Out; Christopher’s Room; ALONE; My Favourite Things; In Abeyance; The Top Field; The Long Missing; LOVE; Begin; Ten O’Clock Trim; Bus Stop; A Good Wife; Instead of Beauty; Fly; Acknowledgments; Credits


“Cynthia Rogerson tells a compelling and involving story.” —Jackie Kay


“Cynthia Rogerson is a writer of tremendous heart and intellect and manages to combine the two without trace of sentimentality. Like Alice Munro she writes with startling authenticity and is a North American writer with Scottish sensibilities. Her humour is sly, her characterisation superb, she winkles out and makes heroic the average nerd in all of us. She is a courteous rebel and currently one of Scotland’s s best writers. ” —Laura Marney



“Her writing has a lovely spirit to it; an appealing mixture of the spiky and the warm.” —Michel Faber


“Rogerson has an ability to inhabit all her characters convincingly. She sketches them with just the right amount of detail, chooses just the right aspects to emphasise.” —Scotland on Sunday


“Cynthia Rogerson is a new writer of great clarity and humanity — definitely one to watch.” —AL Kennedy


“A Dangerous Place is an intensely felt and movingly rendered story. A worthy prize winner.” —Bernard MacLaverty



Cynthia RogersonCynthia has published three novels, most recently I Love You, Goodbye (Black & White). Her short stories have been widely anthologised and broadcast on radio. She won the V.S. Pritchett Prize in 2008 and is a Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Author, regularly appearing at festivals across the country.

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