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  • Published: 2 January 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099472254
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99


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Newly re-jacketed for a new generation, the bestselling collection by the greatest short story writer in the world and winner of the Man Booker International Prize.

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**
The matchless Munro makes art out of everyday lives in this exquisite short story collection.

Here are men and women of wildly different times and circumstances, their lives made vividly palpable by the nuance and empathy of Munro's writing. Runaway is about the power and betrayals of love, about lost children, lost chances. There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes these stories more powerful and compelling than anything she has written before.
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099472254
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Runaway

“Munro is one of my all-time favourite writers. She seems to really see people, like a mind reader who knows what her characters are thinking before they do do, and tells their stories with simplicity and empathy.”

Natasha Lunn, Red

“Runaway is so good I don't want to talk about it. Quotation can't do the book justice, and neither can synopsis. The way to do it justice is to read it. Read Munro! Read Munro!”

Jonathan Franzen, New York Times Book Review

“Millions of words have been spilt in attempts to tell us exactly what it means to be human. In Runaway, Munro performs that very miracle”

The Times

“A beautiful, echoing collection, and a demonstration of perfected and unflinching form”

Ali Smith, Scotsman

“These stories are breathtaking - they leave you winded with their toughness and brilliance”

Helen Simpson, Guardian

“She is a sculptor of the human condition: nothing more and nothing less than an artist”

Evening Standard

“It is almost impossible to describe their unforced exactness, their unrushed economy... Munro has a genius for evoking the particular and peculiar atmosphere of relationships, their unspoken pressures and expectations”

Alan Hollinghurst, Guardian

“Her genius cannot be denied... The contemporary writer I admire above all others”


“The greatest living short-story writer”

A.S. Byatt, Sunday Times

“Munro is routinely called one of the finest living writers.You can turn to any of the stories in Runaway and see why”


“No one could dispute Munro's greatness”

Daily Mail

“Goosebumpingly unforgettable”

New York Observer

“Runaway may well be the synthesizing work of one of literature's keenest investigators into the human soul”

USA Today

“The great Alice Munro proves again why short story writers bow down to her”

Vanity Fair

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