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The Half-Life of Songs

The Half-Life of Songs

Succinct in length and vast in imagination, Gaffney's micro stories are bizarre and witty slices of condensed reality. Frequently hilarious and often poignant, they leave an after taste that is resonant, dark and clingy. They sometimes seem to glow from the inside with their own ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781844717750
Barcode 9781844717750
Published 1 November 2010 by Inbooks
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gaffney, David
Series Salt Modern Fiction

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ISBN-13 9781844717750
ISBN-10 1844717755
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint Salt Publishing
Publication Date 1 November 2010
International Publication Date 11 January 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gaffney, David
Series Salt Modern Fiction
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Short Stories
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Short stories
NBS Text Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 209g
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 157740

Description of this Book

In David Gaffney's critically acclaimed collection of flash fiction Sawn Off Tales , he managed to cram whole plot arcs and 3D characters into tiny broken shards of fiction, taking the short-short story to another level. The Half Life of Songs is Gaffney's latest collection of micro stories. Taking the key note from his title story the book is divided into sub-sections using the word half: half there, half gone, half awake, and each subset of stories appears to be run through with these delphic phrases in some obscure and powerful way. We see a world where thinking is illegal, where belly dancers' blood is used to fertilize tomato plants, where pensioners in leather trousers dance to two-step garage, where an architect steals crested newts and hides them in his bath. The stories are often beyond odd yet always ordinary, a warped backward-talking world of Lynchian surreality, allowing an emotional insight into the rich interior lives of social outsiders, the broken and the easily-breakable, perpetually on the fringes of our world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Long-listed for Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story 2011 (UK)
NZ Review Loaded with potent charges, insidious and cumulative in their effects. In Gaffney's fiction thoughts take physical form, and the material world has a surreal vitality ! The stories are sometimes haunting, and sometimes comic. The Half-life is an appropriate metaphor for the lingering effect they have on the reader. -- Nicholas Clee TLS

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Author's Bio

David Gaffney comes from Cleator Moor in West Cumbria, and now lives in Manchester. He is the author of three critically acclaimed short story collections - Sawn-off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007) and The Half-life Of Songs (2010) - and the novel Never Never (2008). He has written articles for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and Prospect magazine

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