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Audacious, original, clever, poignant — these are just a few words that describe the writing of Nicola Barker, a talented, award-winning author whose work brings to mind Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, and Maragaret Atwood. Now nineteen of her finest short stories have been complied into one brilliant, delightful readable volume.

It takes young Carrie twenty-one years and a chance meeting with an eighty-three-year-old widow to realize she fell victim to her husband's "Three Button Trick." The main character in "Wesley" must work through his troubled childhood in a series of episodes involving masses of eels, an imaginary friend named Joy, and an unmentionable incident with an emu-owl. From erotic encounters behind clothing racks to a kleptomaniac with his organs on the wrong side, this daring and gifted writer never fails to surprise us, entertain us, and make us think.

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"The high strangeness quotient here means that these tales aren't for everyone. But those with a taste for odd, haunting characters, unsettling incidents, and a deadpan, savage sense of humor, will likely find them uniquely stirring." Kirkus Reviews

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"Nicola Barker is an excellent writer....Her vision is unique, funny, dark, cute, sarcastic, and clever." Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life

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"Barker's wit and creativity are definitely out of the ordinary and will be highly appealing to some, though they may be an acquired taste." Library Journal

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Nicola Barker is one of Britain's most original and exciting literary talents. She is the author of two short-story collections: Love Your Enemies [winner of the David Higham Prize and the Macmillan Silver Pen Award] and Heading Inland [winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize]. Her previous novels are Reversed Forecast, Small Holdings, Wide Open Behindlings and Clear, the last of which was long-listed for the 2005 Booker Prize. Her work is translated into twenty languages, and in 2000, she won the IMPAC Award for Wide Open. In 2003, Nicola Barker was named a Granta Best of British Novelist. She lives in London.

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morsecodekw, October 20, 2006 (view all comments by morsecodekw)
I love it. I also love G-String. I plan to give a literary presentation of G-String in a Professional Writing Course. I will discuss how the narrative is enhanced by setting and style and the use of poetic concepts. If you could offer any suggestions I'd be grateful.

I can't get Love Your Enemies in Australia. Is it still in print?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060933746
Author:
Barker, Nicola
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Nicola Barker
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20010109
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.95x5.25x.53 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Ecco (HarperCollins) - English 9780060933746 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The high strangeness quotient here means that these tales aren't for everyone. But those with a taste for odd, haunting characters, unsettling incidents, and a deadpan, savage sense of humor, will likely find them uniquely stirring."
"Review" by , "Nicola Barker is an excellent writer....Her vision is unique, funny, dark, cute, sarcastic, and clever."
"Review" by , "Barker's wit and creativity are definitely out of the ordinary and will be highly appealing to some, though they may be an acquired taste."
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