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  • Published: 15 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099499251
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

Sunstroke and Other Stories

From the author of The Past, Tessa Hadley's first collection of short stories now rejacketed for a whole new audience

Everyday life crackles with the electricity sparking between men and women, between parents and children, between friends. A son confesses to his mother that he is cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with her lecturer and embarks on an affair with a man in the pub who looks just like him. Young mothers pent-up in childcare dream treacherously of other possibilities; a boy becomes aware of the woman, a guest at his parents' holiday home, who is pressing up too close against him on the beach.

Hidden away inside the present, the past is explosive; the future can open unexpectedly out of any chance encounter; ordinary moments are illuminated with lightning flashes of dread or pleasure. These stories about family life are somehow undomesticated and dangerous.

  • Published: 15 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099499251
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The LondonTrain,Clever Girl and The Past, and three collections of stories, Sunstroke, Married Love and Bad Dreams. The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016, and Bad Dreams won the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the NewYorker and other magazines.

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Praise for Sunstroke and Other Stories

Truly absorbing... a masterful yet understated read... More please

Sunday Express

Hadley is a talented writer

Scotland on Sunday

Brilliant... Hadley's style is as discreet as good tailoring


Really very sexy... she is the writer we didn't know we were waiting for, until she arrived

Anne Enright, Guardian

The stories sparkle...Hadley is fascinating for the way she admits a fantasy or a missed chance can be more significant than the actual events that shape a life


A wholly satisfying collection of stories...Distinguished by a dry humour and prose that often surprises but is never merely showy, Sunstroke catches life on the wing and pins it, fiercely struggling to the page

Peter Parker, Sunday Times

A brooding, real-life collection bruised by knowledge and sustained by familiar discomfort

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

In Sunstroke nothing is stable or predictable... These wonderfully elegant but rather unsettling stories may be set within the confines of the home, but they are not cosy

Clare Staunton, Time Out, Book of the Week

Absorbing and slyly revelatory

Hepzibah Anderson, Daily Mail

Tessa Hadley excels in glimpses: those small, burning memories that we never lose and which haunt as well as remind... A wonderful collection

Brian Henigan, Herald

She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Few writers give me such consistent pleasure

Zadie Smith

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