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This is the first short story collection from an acclaimed novelist with a wide and loyal readership. Many of the stories have won prizes, been published or broadcast; some are new, written especially for the collection.
Several feature artists, and are set in the past in a rural England; others are contemporary: stories set in London or Europe, of love glimpsed, lost, or longed for. 'In Bratislava' is the brief encounter between a lonely businessman and young student in the aftermath of communism. Two or three look at illness and mortality: in 'Last Fling', the title story, a dying woman places a lonely hearts ad.
All these stories are written with Sue Gee's insight, precision and delicacy of style and tone. Her last novel, Reading in Bed (2007) was a Daily Mail Book Club Selection; her next will be published in 2012. Poignant and haunting, immensely readable, Last Fling is the perfect book between the two.
‘Sue Gee writes subtly and deftly, observing with a wry and sympathetic eye … This is a hugely enjoyable and rewarding read.’ —The Independent
‘About The Mysteries of Glass:
one of the most moving and beautifully written stories that I can remember.’ —Readers Books of the Year, Guardian
‘About Reading in Bed:
as seductively readable as its title suggests ... draws the reader in with its skilful portrayal of real-life situations’ —The Times
‘A beautifully observed tale, written with boundless compassion and humour.’ —Woman and Home magazine
‘Written with the delicate fluency of a storyteller utterly at ease with her craft.’ —Times Literary Supplement
‘Profound and lyrical, it’s full of light and darkness and the most marvellous description.’ —Shena Mackay, Observer