None of us are perfect, in the way we love, age, or view the world. 'The Not-Dead and the Saved' offers us an opportunity for reinvention: of ourselves, those we have lost, and the world in which we live. From a man doomed to spend his life trying to find solutions to cancer; to a new mother haunted by a swaddling, tablet-eating great-aunt; to an intrepid literary agent who travels to the Yorkshire Moors to discover the next big thing, and ends up eating Anne Brontë's rock cakes, we meet a host of characters who are desperately, creatively, and often hilariously trying to evade the underlying truths of their lives
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Moving swiftly between the comic and the tragic, Clanchy has an eager eye for each and every detail in between.
Guardian||Here are female relationships in all their envy, jealousy, anger, ambition and fear . . . mitigated by wit and energy.
Independent||Clanchy started her career as a poet, and her stories, not surprisingly, are as compressed as verse, without a word to spare . . . A feat of voice and structure, breathtaking in its poignancy . . . Clanchy's tales possess a raw, unsettled urgency, as if she were gripping the reader by the collar. These are not, it should be noted, stories for the faint of heart. They are literary hand grenades, raising difficult questions about the world in which we live - which is exactly what we need right now.
'Literary hand grenades . . . exactly what we need right now' Guardian
Winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2009 and the V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize
A new mother haunted by a swaddling, tablet-eating great-aunt; an intrepid literary agent who travels to the Yorkshire Moors to discover the next big thing and finds herself choking on Anne Brontë's rock cakes; a dying son - one of the Not-Deads - who hopes to be one of The Saved.
With lithe prose and crackling wit, The Not-Dead and The Saved takes us from comedy to tragedy and back again. The collection celebrates Kate Clanchy's gift for clarity, empathy and surprise, and confirms her as one of the finest writers of our time.
'Here are female relationships in all their envy, jealousy, anger, ambition and fear' Amanda Craig, Independent
'A feat of voice and structure, breathtaking in its poignancy' Joanna Rakoff, Guardian
'The real joy is the startling images that pop off the page like firecrackers' Sunday Express