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Aromabingo builds on the critical success of David Gaffney's 2006 collection Sawn-off Tales, offering yet more of Gaffney's weird and edgy ultra-shorts, plus several longer works, so you can spend even more time inside the baffling, hilarious and sometimes moving world of a David Gaffney story. Think Magnus Mills mashed with the League of Gentlemen with a jolt of Mark E. Smithery for grit, and you're nearly there. Though many of his stories are shorter than a Napalm Death snarl, these precision-engineered slivers of fiction leave you with the dying chords of a symphony. They are about the small people, the tiny Tardis folk with cathedrals inside them, creeping by unnoticed. These tales will have you laughing like at a Tommy Cooper video though there's something hideous gnawing at the door to get in. Be careful, a spoonful weighs a ton.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 264g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • No
  • 1844713423
  • 9781844713424

Table of contents


Art Movement

The Kids from Film Noir

Pretty, Ain't It?

All Mod Cons

Sniffin' Glue

Still in Box

Speaking in Pantone

Die like a Rock

Great Inventions # 1

Lucky Winner

A Good Deal

Through the Medium of Modern Dance

Great Inventions # 2

Smaller than One Eightieth the Diameter of a Human Hair

Blurred Girls

The Secret Pictures of David Cameron

The Newt Lady's Dead Now

The Life of Riley

You've Chosen to be Excited

Great Inventions # 3

Are We Romping Now?

Clown-Time is Over

The Accused Made Spider Furniture

Container Driver

Using the Facilities

When Chairs Attack

Shooting Lulu

A Feel for Format

Grockel Bashing

Cleaning up New York



The Happiness Well

Last Chance to Turn Around

You and You Alone

Only the Stones Remain

In the Days Before Trickery

The Nineteen Seventy-Six Trouser Famine

Who reads this story will not sin

What Would Bill Hicks Do?

Mean Picking

The Last Northerner


This is About Dixie

Finding Skerryvore

Does Anyone Care for You on a Regular Basis?

Special Pudding

Guided by Voices


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Reality becomes dislocated and strange and words and phrases acquire a compelling importance in these sad, funny fables. They recall evanescent moments of connection and happiness. One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others. -- Nicholas Clee * The Guardian * Gaffney has produced the kind of book that makes you wish you spent more time locked in your imagination and less time dismissing irreverent thoughts. There's a parochial quality to this work that gives off a humble warm glow. Set in Woolworths, barber shops, and offices, Gaffney looks at relationships and his characters are all a little lost and tinged with pathos but surreally optimistic. Each story has a quirky end which make you wish Gaffney was allowed 15 minutes of time with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to make his vision come to life. -- Lianne Steinberg * The Big Issue * Gaffney's book will knock you out. Packed with emotion, annoyance, and social science fiction, its a testament to imagination and the skill of illustrating it. -- Harlan Levey * Modart * Funny, pointed, and sometimes even disturbing, Gaffney's stories deserve to be read. -- Jim Burns * Ambit * David Gaffney writes truly 21st century stories for a fragmented and fragmenting world; they're short, snappy and utterly addictive and they should be required reading for anybody trying to make sense of Britain in 2006; or for anybody in a bus queue with five minutes to spare. -- Ian McMillan Utterly brilliant. Hilariously demented and wonderfully succinct. David Gaffney's Sawn-off Tales are little McNuggets of pure gold. This is writing at its best. -- Graham Rawle
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About David Gaffney

David Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-Life of Songs (2010) and More Sawn-Off Tales (2013). He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect, and his new novel, All The Places I've Ever Lived, is due out in spring 2017. See
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