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  • Published: 27 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781446499870
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Dear George and Other Stories

The third collection from Helen Simpson, prize-winning writer and master of the short story.

In this stellar collection of short stories, Helen Simpson explores independence, solitude, marriage, sex and babies with her characteristic blend of comedy and lyricism. Here are tales of young love - successful or thwarted, intense or comic.

From a wedding day for one, through the knotty problems of babies, their conception, arrival and impact on adult lives, to a Lothario receiving his just deserts, and the title story, where a schoolgirl's erotic daydreams during her Shakespeare homework go on to produce blushes of horror.

  • Published: 27 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781446499870
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

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 Dear George and Other Stories

Of all contemporary writers, Simpson has the most honest, the most authentic voice

The Times

Biting wit...has me laughing aloud

Pat Barker

Simpson's wit defies formulaic feminism or, indeed, any other -ism... Very, very funny

Evening Standard

Full of good jokes, wonderfully alert to irony and the possibilities of language

Jonathan Coe

Effortless charm, wit and vivid sexual detail

Time Out

This is Simpson's real charm - that she believes in love... Her heady sense of almost physical joy


Her stories can be read quickly, knocked back in a single, grateful gulp like an aperitif, or savoured with a slow, cool intoxication... She is Katherine Mansfield's natural successor