The stories in Call It Tender are devoted to love, hope, nostalgia; to life in its precariousness, absurdities and joys. Told with the author's characteristic wit and sense of atmosphere—set in Mallorca, Berlin, Wiltshire and Suffolk, Mannheim and New Jersey—they tell of lovers meeting, of how a prisoner struggles, a forester grows curious, a patient survives, a girl falls and falls through space. As a wind blows off the North Sea, a house in London burns, or the Eiffel Tower sparkles in the night, the reader will be able to appreciate why John Saul's fiction has been called funny, beguiling, provocative.
His work has further appeared in the prestigious New Writing series and anthologies published by Serpent’s Tail.
‘... There are excellent things here too... John Saul, whose story memorably combines an Anglican vicar with Robert Johnson, the great Blues singer.’ —William Palmer
‘John Saul is one of our best short story writers.’ —Nicholas Royle
‘Beguiling.’ —The Guardian
‘'witty and playful', proof that 'the short story is not only alive but being reinvigorated in excitingly diverse ways'.’ —The Times