The Pier Falls

The Pier Falls

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/03/2017
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Nine minutes to five. Ozone and sea-sparkle and carnival license. This I how it begins. An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoe box. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been long-listed for prizes), second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784701963
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 255g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 22 mm

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The Pier Falls
Some great stories
The title story is wonderful, evocative and different to any other I have read. Most stories are excellent, although one or two left me puzzled as to what ... READ MORE
Mary Waters
The Pier Falls
Gripping, heartbreaking, compelling.
I am not usually a fan of the short story form but, on the back of reading Haddon's 'The Porpoise', I chose his earlier collection of short stories. I was ... READ MORE
Debbie Coad