Intimacies : Winner of the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award

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'Precise and beautifully controlled fictions but with strange, wild energies pulsing along just beneath the surface. A tremendous collection.' Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier

Intimacies exquisitely charts the steps and missteps of young women trying to find their place in the world. From a Belfast student ordering illegal drugs online to end an unwanted pregnancy to a young mother's brush with mortality; from a Christmas Eve walking the city centre streets when everything seems possible, to a night flight from Canada which could change a life irrevocably, these are stories of love, loss and exile, of new beginnings and lives lived away from 'home'.

Taking in, too, the lives of other women who could be guiding lights - from Monica Lewinsky to Caroline Norton to Sinead O'Connor - Intimacies offers keenly felt and subtly revealing insights into the heartbreak and hope of modern life.

'Heart-stoppingly good.' Lisa McGee, writer and creator of Derry Girls
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 12mm | 188g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9780571353743
  • 67,286

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Heart-stoppingly good. Lucy Caldwell is a masterful writer. Lisa McGee, writer of Derry Girls
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'Heart-stoppingly good. Lucy Caldwell is a masterful writer.' - Lisa McGee, writer of Derry Girls

'Caldwell explores what it means to be a woman with devastating honesty, warmth and compassion. She manages to get underneath the skin of her characters exploring situations which are unique, yet heartbreakingly familiar.' - Jan Carson
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About Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, one short story collection, Multitudes, and several stage plays & radio dramas. Her awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, a Fiction Uncovered Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2019, she edited Being Various, the latest volume in the ongoing Faber series of New Irish Short Stories.
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