Dot, Dash

Dot, Dash

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Prepare to enter a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where elephants squat in living rooms, plastic ducks fall from the skies and even the rabbits can't be trusted. The fifty-eight stories in Jonathan Pinnock's Scott Prize-winning collection Dot Dash show a vivid yet disciplined imagination at work.

These stories, many of which have individually won prizes, are populated by a rich variety of characters, including a tightrope-walking couple with marital issues, a graffiti artist with an agenda and an interviewee who's about to find out some awkward truths about himself. Very few of them turn out to be completely innocent, and none of them remains unaffected by the experience.

Jonathan Pinnock's unashamedly entertaining fictions explore what happens when the macabre and the absurd crash headlong into everyday life. As writer Tania Hershman says, he 'isn't content to just pull back the curtain, but sets fire to it and chuckles as it blazes'. With this incendiary first collection, he invites readers to pull up a chair and watch the flames rise.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 213.19g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1844718824
  • 9781844718825

Table of contents

Not So Much a Rough Guide
rZr and Napoleon
The Drought
Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions
The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Fair Trade
Nature's Banquet
Internal Affairs
Return to Cairo
Think Tank
The Problem With Pork
After the Rapture
Natural Selection
Less Than Deadly
Possible Side Effects
Mr Nathwani's Haiku
The Experiment
Anniversary Feast
Perfect Moment
How I Became a New Man and What Good It Did Me
Love Story, Day One
The Guitarist's Inheritance
Love Story, Week One
So What Are You Up To These Days?
Love Story, Month One
Fishermen's Tales
Love Story, Year One
Hidden Shallows
Advice re Elephants
Big Teeth
The Birdman of Farringdon Road
Making Conversation
Piss and Patchouli
"I Love You"
A Plague of Yellow Plastic Ducks
Mirror, Mirror
The Magnolia Bedroom
Tribute Act
The Last Words of Emanuel Prettyjohn
Bad Grammar
Farewell Symphony
Under the Statue
At Nana's
Proper Job
After Michelangelo
Canine Mathematics
Upwardly Mobile
Somewhat Less Than Thirty Pieces
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About Jonathan Pinnock

Jonathan Pinnock has written all sorts of stuff and has been published all over the place, including the BBC. His novel "Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens" was published by Proxima in September 2011 and was followed in October 2012 by his Salt short story collection "Dot Dash". He blogs at and tweets as @jonpinnock.
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4 55% (18)
3 18% (6)
2 3% (1)
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