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  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099561576
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

A Bunch of Fives


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'Lorrie Moore with a BBC accent' Jay McInerney

Since the 1990 publication of her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed, Helen Simpson has been hailed as one of the best short story writers at work in the world today. These wonderfully funny and penetrating stories take on the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between, in writing of remarkable originality and clarity.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099561576
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Helen Simpson

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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Praise for A Bunch of Fives

“Simpson's meticulous fragments of contemporary self-delusion make beautiful narrative shapes out of the ordinary horrors of domestic life”

John Mullan, Guardian


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