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Book Title: Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction|
The author of the book: Alison MacLeod
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Edition: Penguin Books Ltd
Date of issue: April 27th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780141016061
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Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction is Alison MacLeod's collection of highly charged short stories.
Sexy, tender, funny and haunting by turns, the stories in Alison MacLeod's daring collection are tales of lovers, would-be lovers and lovers gone wrong. Here we discover ECT patient Gloria, who falls for her anaesthetist, 'Dr Numb'; the cerebral Nick, who chases after the heavily pregnant Katie at an Ikea sale; and the legendary lovers Heloise and Abelard re-imagined for the twenty-first century. With settings that range from a cheap Paris café to London's Hayward Gallery, and from the Brighton seafront to the Nova Scotia coast, these stories are at times magical, at times grittily real, but always affecting.
'Alison MacLeod is a strikingly original voice. Her stories create intimate worlds and make the reader live in them with an intensity which is haunting, disturbing and above all beguiling' Helen Dunmore
'Alison MacLeod's collection of stories is a baker's dozen of excellence book-ended by brilliance' Time Out
'Fragmentary evocations of desire and its mysteries, passing glimpses into minds and hearts: tender; pierced; translucent' Guardian
'Beautifully crafted, they range from brilliantly observed humour to the haunting and heart-rending. Immensely readable' Big Issue
Alison MacLeod was raised in Canada and has lived in England since 1987. She is the author of three novels, THE CHANGELING, THE WAVE THEORY OF ANGELS, UNEXPLODED, and of a collection of stories, FIFTEEN MODERN TALES OF ATTRACTION. UNEXPLODED was longlisted for The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013 and an Observer 'Book of the Year'. Her most recent short story collection, ALL THE BELOVED GHOSTS, was named a Guardian 'Best Book of 2017' and shortlisted for Canada's Governor's General Award for Fiction. Alison MacLeod is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton. www.alison-macleod.com
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Read information about the authorAlison MacLeod is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent book, the story collection 'All the Beloved Ghosts', is currently shortlisted for The 2018 Edge Hill Prize for best story collection in the UK and Ireland. It was a 'Best Book of 2017' for the Guardian and a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.
Her last novel, 'Unexploded', was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, adapted for BBC Radio 4, and named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’.
MacLeod was born in Montreal, Quebec of Nova Scotian parents and was raised primarily in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her family’s roots in Halifax and Cape Breton are several-generations deep, and she visits family there each year. She has lived in England since 1987 and is a citizen of both Canada and the U.K. Brighton, England is her adopted home.
Her earlier work includes the novels 'The Changeling' (1996) and 'The Wave Theory of Angels' (2005), and the short story collection, 'Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction' (2007).
Her short fiction has been awarded The Society of Authors’ Award and nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. Her stories are often broadcast on BBC radio. In 2016, she was awarded The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.
She has appeared at numerous literary festivals in the UK and internationally, and has served as a judge for a variety of literary awards.
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