Bookseller Information

ISBN
9781784632458
Extent
224pp
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
01-Mar-22
Publication Status
Forthcoming
Subject
Short stories
Trim Size
198 x 129mm

Stewkey Blues

Synopsis

Praise for this Book

‘In his solid, grounded, entertaining collection of stories, DJ Taylor draws out the mythical qualities of East Anglia’s terrain, urban or rural or somewhere marginal in between. He expertly locates those moments in ordinary lives when ‘reality seemed to be curling at the edges.’ His steady gaze discerns quiet heroes, men and women as they jauntily set out in search of disappointment. We see them clearly for a moment before they melt into a blur of lamplight or sea mist, with their vague regrets and tarnished illusions; with indefeasible tenacity, by minor roads or motorways or deep lost rural lanes, they keep on keeping on.’ —Hilary Mantel

Praise for Previous Work

‘Taylor has a great knack of pulling the reader in, and his endings, which spin out into rather mournful, very British epiphanies, linger long in the mind.’ —James Smart, The Guardian

‘He is a very fine writer teasing out the idiosyncrasies of his characters in ordinary circumstances, all is neat and tidy and as it should be, beautifully described and then suddenly there is an underlying menace. If you are a short story fan these are glorious.’ —Sarah Broadhurst, LoveReading

‘The stories abound with gleeful absurdity and waspish humour. But they are also rich in melancholy and the heady sadness of people struggling to find places in the world. Some are fascinatingly strange; others are uncomfortably familiar. Some are simply hilarious – and all are touchingly human.’ —Fantastic Fiction

‘The melancholy of the middle classes is expertly dissected. Taylor’s wit, his gift for surprising with a striking usage and his eye for human sadness make this a consistently superb collection.’ —James Kidd, The Independent

‘Literature can be an ameliorating force which encourages us to see ourselves in perspective. This collection of stories offered variety of place, time and people yet each of its snapshots appeared both universal and personal. I saw aspects of myself and of those I know. The mirror held up was entertaining, discomforting and enlightening.’ —Jackie Law, neverimitate