More Sawn-Off Tales

More Sawn-Off Tales

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In stories that are laugh out loud funny, cringingly weird and desperately sad., Gaffney introduces the possibility of momentary actions that change everything; a swimming man sees a hundred glass eyes at the bottom of a river; a broken vase causes a couple to re-examine their relationship with the universe; a zoo with only three animals makes a man reconsider his relationship to his surrounding; and a comedian decides to expresses himself through the medium of smell.

Relationships begin, stutter, then crash to earth, each mundane transaction peeling away the everyday to reveal a canyon of emotion.

Gaffney's characters are awkward, often disconnected, yet they are also profoundly sympathetic. With great empathy and generosity he reveals the idiosyncrasies, vulnerability, yearning, and twisted systems that governs our lives. In More Sawn-off Tales David Gaffney creates a deliriously lonely, yet lovely universe where strangers hand you their watch and an estranged couple try to communicate through paint colour. An expert miniaturist with the ability to stuff an elephant inside a flea without the insect noticing, Gaffney is like David Shrigley meets Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 17mm | 191.87g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • No
  • 1907773436
  • 9781907773433
  • 2,104,908

Table of contents


Passing Place


Hidden Obvious Typical

It Happens Inside

Oasis Leisure Lounge

Bleached Lichen Number Four

The Clever People Who Can't Do Anything Useful

Mo's Feet

The Zoo With Three Animals

Acceptable for Men to Like

Something Happened Here


Functional Market Area

More Men Will Come

The Homes of Others

It's All in Storage

Everything's West of Something

The Three Rooms In Valerie's Head

The Big Pub

The Joke About Todd Pokato

Lifting and Handling the Truth

The Building With the Hole

The Proper Care of Surfaces

The Receipt

The Smell Comedian

Get the Ball and Give It to Bobby Moore

The Gypsy in Me

New Audiences

The Power of Millions

Boy You Turn Me

It Doesn't Really Matter If Things Die Out

Taped Over

Thrill Me Slowly

The Listed Bridge

The Good Machines

Happy Birthday, Hee Hee

The Scientific Explanation for Faraway Eyes

Can You Feel the Waves?

Let's See What Rachel's Been Up To

Nothing Can Hurt Me Now

Nineteen-Eighties Cavalier

The Man Who Was Always There But Never Said Anything

Blood in Flight

Lag Phase

Buy Yourself a Cheap Tray


For The Lady

Other People's Worlds

Inches From What You Want

Uncle Leonard

The Bad Psychiatrists

This Is Your Brain On Drugs

Doll Parts

The Woman With the Four Planks of Wood

Loss Function

The Bear's Head

Like a Town

The Mousemats Say Innovate Or Die

Normal Hours

Private View

Dip Finish

DJ Stinger and the Ghost Alpcaca

Effective Calming Measures

How to Get Around in the Sky

As If You Are There

Talking to the Budgerigar

The Happy Spore

The Leaves Are Really Something Else

The Periphery is Everywhere

The Underpass

Two Columns

Eat Less Pastry

A Dress Code For Modern Musicians
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Review quote

In More Sawn-Off Tales Gaffney demonstrates his mastery over flash fiction, as he evokes sadness and humour in equal measure through the often tragic but fully formed characters in 70-plus stories. * The Big Issue * Bleached Lichen Number Four is one of the most heart-wrenching stories of the collection, and depicts a man who attempts to communicate to his ex-girlfriend through the colour of her favourite paint. It, like many others in this fantastic collection, is a clever and poignant exploration of what it takes to be connected to another.

With More Sawn Off Tales, Gaffney has created very short stories that offer full, vivid and complete worlds for the reader to inhabit, and once inside they won't want to leave. -- Kylie Grant * The List * More Sawn-Off Tales is rich with phrases which will stick in the reader's memory (`I keep a ball of tissue under my armpit and drop shreds of it into her food to keep her loyal') and ideas which are ripe for expansion into longer stories, such as the psychiatrists who organise arts activities for their manic patients so that they can burgle their houses. * Workshy Fop * 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 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 * Loaded with potent charges, insidious and cumulative in their effects, in Gaffney's fiction thoughts take physical form, and the material world has a surreal vitality. The stories are sometimes haunting, and sometimes comic. * Times Literary Supplement *
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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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32 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 28% (9)
4 31% (10)
3 34% (11)
2 3% (1)
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