Sawn-Off Tales

Sawn-Off Tales

3.72 (144 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$13.82

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


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.
show more

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


What You Know is There


Killer Lines


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


The Kids Are All Right

Tasting Notes

Wednesday Night's Alright for Fighting

Contact Time


New Best Friend

Potato Smiles

Shop Talk

Until You are Happy


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


End of Line

Server Farmer

Kick inside


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
show more

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 *
show more

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
show more

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)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X