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England and Other Stories Paperback – 1 July 2015
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- ASIN : 1471137414
- Publisher : Scribner UK; UK ed. edition (1 July 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781471137419
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471137419
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.31 x 19.99 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 808,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These bite-sized snippets, mostly contemporary (there are a couple of elegant forays into historical fiction), focus on the lives of ordinary people dealing with everyday crises - divorce, illness, bereavement, child abuse, etc.
The writing is both warm and clinically precise, marking up in philosophical depth for what it lacks in terms of incident. Despite their brevity, the stories all seem complete, the characters affectionately drawn.
There is the occasional sense of box-ticking as regards issues of race and sexuality. Taken as a whole, though, this is a recognisable portrait of a complex nation.