The third collection from Helen Simpson, prize-winning writer and master of the short story.
In her third collection of short stories, Helen Simpson continues to explore ideas of 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 Shakespeare homework produce eventual blushes of horror.
“Of all contemporary writers, Simpson has the most honest, the most authentic voice”
“Biting wit...has me laughing aloud”
“Simpson's wit defies formulaic feminism or, indeed, any other -ism... Very, very funny”
“Full of good jokes, wonderfully alert to irony and the possibilities of language”
“Effortless charm, wit and vivid sexual detail”
“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”