All the Beloved Ghosts

Author(s): Alison Macleod

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Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded,blending fiction, biography and memoir Hovering on the border of life and death, these stories form a ground-shifting collection, taking us into history, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures. In 1920s Nova Scotia, as winter begins to thaw, a woman wears a new fur coat to a dance that will change everything. A teenager searches for his lover on a charged summer evening in 2011, as around him London erupts in anger. A cardiac specialist lingers on the cusp of consciousness as he awaits a new heart - and is transported into the past. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overcome by all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories unfold at the line between reality and fiction, capturing the unexpected joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.


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Acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of Unexploded, blending fiction, biography and memoir

From 1920s Nova Scotia, to the 2011 London riots, All the Beloved Ghosts captures the small tragedies of life in these exquisitely formed short stories. Powerful and provocative, MacLeod's writing is moving and makes you feel incredibly touched to be let in on small moments of the vastness of life and death. –Lauren, The Book Grocer

Alison MacLeod was born in Canada and has lived in the UK since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Alison MacLeod is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2016. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton.

General Fields

  • : 9781408863763
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.281
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alison Macleod
  • : Paperback
  • : 256