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  • Published: 6 October 2000
  • ISBN: 9780552998765
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

Tales Of The City

Tales of the City 1


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The first volume in the widely acclaimed and much-loved series

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Now a Netflix series starring Ellen Page and Laura Linney . . .
'It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.' Oscar Wilde
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Mary Ann is twenty-five and arrives in San Francisco for an eight-day holiday.

But then her Mood Ring turns blue.

So obviously she decides to stay. It is the 1970s after all.

Fresh out of Cleveland, naive Mary Ann tumbles headlong into a brave new world of pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, spaced-out neighbours and outrageous parties. Finding a job as a secretary at an ad agency, Mary Ann wants to start her own life, away from her parents and with the flower-power freedom to make her own friends and her own decisions.

The saga that ensues introduces vignettes that are manic, romantic, tawdry and touching - unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.

  • Pub date: 6 October 2000
  • ISBN: 9780552998765
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is the author of Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, Michael Tolliver Lives and Mary Ann in Autumn. Three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

For more information on Armistead Maupin and his books, see his website at www.armisteadmaupin.com

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Praise for Tales Of The City

“A consummate entertainer... It is Maupin's Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly”

Edmund White, The Times Literary Supplement

“Maupin is a richly gifted comic author”

Observer

“San Francisco is fortunate in having a chronicler as witty and likeable as Armistead Maupin”

Independent

“Like those of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Armistead Maupin's novels have all appeared originally as serials... it is the strength of this approach, with its fantastic adventures and astonishingly contrived coincidences, that makes these novels charming and compelling”

Literary Review


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