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From the heathered fells and lowlands of Cumbria with their history of smouldering violence, to the speed and heat of summer London, to an eerily still lake in the Finnish wilderness, Sarah Hall evokes landscapes with extraordinary precision and grace. The characters within these territories are real-life survivors, but whether it's a frustrated housewife seeking extreme experience or a young woman contemplating the death of her lover, dark devices and desires rise to the surface. And the human body, too - flawed, visceral, and full of emotional conflict - provides a sensuous frame for each unfolding drama. Uniquely disturbing and deeply erotic, this collection confirms Sarah Hall as one of the greatest writers of her generation. "The Beautiful Indifference" includes "Butcher's Perfume", which was short-listed for the BBC National Short Story Prize in 2010.

Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Faber and Faber Publication Date: 01/07/2012 ISBN-13: 9780571230181  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She is the prize-winning author of five novels - Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army, How to Paint a Dead Man, and The Wolf Border - which have won numerous awards including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and two Man Booker Prize nominations. Hall's first story collection, The Beautiful Indifference, won the Portico Prize and the Edge Hill prize, and was also shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize. The first story in the collection, 'Butchers Perfume', was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, a prize that Hall won in 2013 with 'Mrs Fox'. Most recently, Hall edited the Faber anthology Sex & Death. She is a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature, and will be a judge for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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I recently heard Sarah Hall's name mentioned with literary respect in a talk and searched her out. Wow. Butcher's Perfume, the first story, is the most powerful short story I have read in a long time. It is so well crafted and original, the voice of the narrator is utterly convincing and the characters so well-imagined. The other stories are equally successful and original, some with a dark underbelly that leaves you unsettled and pondering. My other favourites were She Murdered Mortal He, The Beautiful Indifference and Vuotjarvi. This is a writer I wholeheartedly admire and unreservedly recommend.

- 29/03/2016
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These short stories encapsulate the motifs that have prevailed in her novels: women defined on their own terms and the wild territory where humanity and nature jockey for control. Her deftly exquisite marshalling of language - rendering it fierce and brutal, poetically stark, liltingly sensuous, even unabashedly sexual - matches the sinuous moods of these seven distinctive and accomplished stories. I think Hall is possibly the best British writer around right now.

- Jonathan

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 06/07/2012


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