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Fen

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Winner of The Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017
Author of Everything Under, LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

'Hauntingly written and full of unabashedly, refreshingly angry women... In a year that made me furious, Daisy Johnson's Fen was a howl I didn't know I needed' Celeste Ng

'[An] instant classic...a bold, take-no-prisoners collection situated somewhere between Angela Carter and Deborah Levy' Jeff VanderMeer

The Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt.

This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger. So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl. A woman might give birth to a, well, what?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 17mm | 170g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784702102
  • 9781784702106
  • 42,074

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"Daisy Johnson’s story collection Fen was unanimously beloved... firmly situating her among the UK’s most exciting new voices."
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"Daisy Johnson's story collection Fen was unanimously beloved... firmly situating her among the UK's most exciting new voices." -- Marta Bausells * Elle * "Just finished rereading Daisy Johnson's story collection Fen. Just as powerful and beautiful and dark and strange as the first time. One of my favourite books of all time." -- Jeff Vandermeer "Johnson's heady broth of folklore, female sexuality and fenland landscape reads like a mix of Graham Swift and Angela Carter... For atmosphere, originality and plain chutzpah, this is an impressive first collection." -- Sarah Crown * Guardian * "Poetic, risky... Johnson's slippery and sensual stories-cum-chapters have an amphibious elemental quality and a contemporary provincial witchiness of their own." -- Phil Baker * Sunday Times * "There is big, dangerous vitality herein - this book marks the emergence of a great, stomping, wall-knocking talent." -- Kevin Barry "Reading the stories brought the sense of being trapped in a room slowly, but very surely, filling up with water. You think: this can't be happening. Meanwhile, hold your breath against the certainty it surely is." -- Cynan Jones, author of The Dig
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About Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson was born in 1990. Her debut short story collection, Fen, was published in 2016. She is the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize, the A.M. Heath Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She currently lives in Oxford by the river.
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714 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 24% (168)
4 36% (255)
3 31% (224)
2 8% (58)
1 1% (9)
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