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A sensational short story collection from Britain's master of the genre.



Charting tantrums, funerals, pregnancy and love affairs, these stories unroll with piercing wit and compassion. One woman finds grief for her lost lover is assuaged when she invests in a new front door. Another grows increasingly frustrated as the grim reaper scythes through her circle, with farcical and tragic results.



Elsewhere, a chain-smoker's brush with death appears to help him reassess his priorities, a south London builder avenges the duping of his adored mother, and a phlebotomist's relationship is pushed to it limits by her preoccupation with war. And in the title story, a teacher's circular walk on Hampstead Heath leads to revelations about mourning, ageing, and new life.



`A masterful contemporary exponent of the genre. Simpson now deserves to be compared with Flannery O'Connor and Alice Munro' Robert McCrum, Observer

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 05/10/2006 ISBN-13: 9780099494188  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Helen Simpson's sixth short-story collection, Cockfosters, follows Four Bare Legs in a Bed (1990), Dear George (1995), Hey Yeah Right Get a Life (2000), Constitutional (2005) and In-Flight Entertainment (2010). A Bunch of Fives: Selected Stories (2012) includes five stories from each of her first five collections. She has received the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M.Forster Award. She lives in London.

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