Sawn-Off Tales

Sawn-Off Tales

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David Gaffney's compact, surreal tales are filled with poignancy and wit. Each story goes off like a tiny depth charge in the mind, leaving you with the trace memory of some new urban myth - comic, absurd and disturbingly true.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 248g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1844712826
  • 9781844712823
  • 798,823

Table of contents

Your Name in Weetos


The Lost Language of Hairgrips


Last to Know


Flying Lessons with Gary Numan


Intimate Zone


Happy Place


Where We Left Off


You Know, Quiet


`Uchafu'


What You Know is There


Pets


Killer Lines


Click


Into the World


Heavy Java Guy


She's Really Alt-Country


Smells Like


Some Call it Loungecore


Special Interest


We Are the Robots


Little Jan


A Good System


We Like it Here


No Turning


Last Chance to Turn Around


Mask


The Kids Are All Right


Tasting Notes


Wednesday Night's Alright for Fighting


Contact Time


Enclosures


New Best Friend


Potato Smiles


Shop Talk


Until You are Happy


Floydy


The Habits of Unstoppable People


The Way you Say `Park'


Lady Pleaser


First Out


Light Lunch


With Tongues


On This Very Special Day


Cica Lights


The World Won't Listen


Smack


End of Line


Server Farmer


Kick inside


Pop-Tarts


The Funny Way I Feel Inside


The Heartless Chain


The Man Whose Head Expanded


A Personal Message


Doctor Logic


Dead Star


Do You Know Where I Am?


Life Just Bounces
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Review quote

Sawn-Off Tales is an original collection, one that bravely attempts to present modern life in the way that we ourselves experience it - as a series small, occasionally meaningless snapshots, which build to create a rich complexity. -- Lucy Wood * Transition Tradition * Exceptional and well deserving of the hardcover slapped around them...witty, clever and poignant Gaffney's micro fictions work as funny routines, moving insights and illuminating character sketches, often all at the same time. -- Nicholas Royle * Time Out * Almost all the 58 stories in David Gaffney's collection are shorter than this review. Reality becomes dislocated and strange; words and phrases acquire a compelling importance . . . One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others. -- Nicholas Clee * The Guardian * Gaffney has produced the kind of book that makes you wish you spent more time locked in your imagination and less time dismissing irreverent thoughts. -- Lianne Steinberg * The Big Issue * David Gaffney is an evolution, a moment in time to be lavished with a literary eye, to be goggled with a mind broad and open enough to look and look anew. Each snippet disturbingly captures everyday life in superbly unique fashion. What a stunning collection. -- Eugen M. Bacon * TCM * This book will knock you out. Packed with emotion, annoyance, and social science fiction, it's a testament to imagination and the skill of illustrating it. -- Harlan Levey * Modart Magazine * Funny, pointed, and sometimes even disturbing, Gaffney's stories deserve to be read. -- Jim Burns * Ambit *
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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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Rating details

144 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 24% (35)
4 34% (49)
3 33% (47)
2 8% (11)
1 1% (2)
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