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  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099429951
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Little Black Book of Stories




A new collection of Byatt stories is always a winner, and this one takes an unexpected turn....

A new collection of stories from A. S. Byatt is always a winner, and this one takes an unexpected turn, bringing shivers as well as delights. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark wood: two middle-aged woman walk into a forest, as they did when they were girls, confronting their fears and memories and the strange thing they saw in their childhood - or thought they saw - so long ago. A man meets the ghost of his living wife; a woman turns inexorably, but beautifully, to stone. A distinguished obstetrician and a young woman artist find they have sharply contrasting ideas about body parts, birth and death; an innocent member of an evening class harbours unexpected views on 'raw material'-The stories in this marvellous collection are by turns funny, spooky, sparkling and haunting. THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK holds its secrets, adding a dark quality to Byatt's famous skill in mixing folk and fairy tale with everyday life.

  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099429951
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

A S Byatt

A.S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer and critic of international renown. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize 1990), the Frederica Quartet and The Children’s Book, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999, and was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her ‘inspiring contribution to life writing’ and the Pak Kyongni Prize 2017. In 2018 she received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

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