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

Acknowledgements


Passing Place


Nerves


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


Reekers


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


Skewness


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 www.davidgaffney.org.
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32 ratings
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4 31% (10)
3 34% (11)
2 3% (1)
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