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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 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.

  • Pub date: 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”


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