Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 24/09/2015
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Stone Mattress
Stories by a master of the art
Margaret Atwood is no stranger to the world of speculative fiction – the worlds of The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake are well-known and, rightly, accl... READ MORE
Jane E Skudder
Stone Mattress
Impish humour and eloquence turned to the various afflictions and (mis)adventures of old age, full of chuckle-worthy speculative elements.
This book has kind of made me obsessed with Margaret Atwood. The only previous thing I had read by her was The Handmaid's Tale, almost 20 years ago, but th... READ MORE
Angie at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street


BY THE AUTHOR OF THE HANDMAID'S TALE, THE TESTAMENTS AND ALIAS GRACE 'Dark and witty tales from the gleefully inventive Margaret Atwood. Witty verve, imaginative inventiveness and verbal sizzle vivify every page' Sunday TimesA recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite.'A collection of nine acerbic, mischievous, gulpable short stories' Harper's Bazaar'Atwood's prose is so sharp and sly that the effect is bracing rather than bleak' Guardian'[Look at these tales] as eight icily refreshing arsenic Popsicles followed by a baked Alaska laced with anthrax, all served with impeccable style and aplomb. Enjoy!' Ursula K. Le Guin, Financial Times 'Atwood has characters here close to death, dead already, unwittingly doomed or - in one memorable case - freeze-dried; but her own curiosity, enthusiasm and sheer storytelling panache remain alive and kicking' Independent

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349006536
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 255g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 20 mm

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Stone Mattress
Crafty plots
Really enjoyed this take on fairy tales. I usually buy collections of short stories to read late at night when I can't sleep but don't want to get too en... READ MORE
Giuliana Christmas