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Simpson, Helen, 1957- author

'Cockfosters' holds a mirror up to the way we live - the old, comfortable friendships and small, slight connections we make with the people we pass. From the middle-aged school friends on an unplanned journey to the end of the Piccadilly Line to the recipe written to a daughter on the verge of adulthood, Helen Simpson writes with great warmth, wit and candour about the complexities of modern life

Book. English.
Published London: Vintage, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Helen Simpson
ISBN: 178470198X, 9781784701987
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2015.
Physical Description: 145 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: General.; Short Stories.; Short stories.

Author note

Helen Simpson'ssixth short-story collection,Cockfosters, followsFour Bare Legs in a Bed(1990),Dear George(1995),Hey Yeah Right Get a Life(2000),Constitutional(2005) andIn-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.


"This collection is a joy"
Bookseller||"Helen Simpson is a vital (and pleasurable) voice"
Independent on Sunday||"These uplifting and sensitive tales act like a guide to 'the next phase' - whatever that may bring."
Daily Mail||"Cockfosters is elegant, sane, and - while remaining firmly rooted in ordinary life - gently ground-breaking."
Sunday Times||"Over the course of a quarter century, Simpson has assembled a body of work that delivers one of literature's richest accounts of the post-war lives of girls and women."