Sea Fret

Sea Fret : Short Stories

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"The stories have a steely rectitude and an uncompromising determination to face down humiliation and inequality...economical, moral and compassionate."-The Guardian



Dilys Rose has been compared to Katherine Mansfield. Stories include one of two musicians in an airport watching a bombing of the home town they have left; restless teenagers running riot during lockdown, with disastrous consequences. In others Albert Einstein's reputation grows, as does his absence as a father; a cantankerous ninety-nine year old contributes to the chaos of a night ward. Rose conjures the essence of a situation with insight, economy and dark wit, and vividly presents an uncompromising view of the world where everyone is searching but few find what they hope for. Each story vividly creates the inner world of a compelling yet disparate cast of characters, and these brief glimpses into the lives of others leave a lasting afterglow.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 15mm | 199g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910895628
  • 9781910895627

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The stories have a steely rectitude and an uncompromising determination to face down humiliation and inequality...economical, moral and compassionate. -- Elizabeth Young * The Guardian * The author's eye is so sharp, her hearing so acute, her imagination so lively. This is a very good collection indeed. Even some of those who say they don't care for short story collections might well set their prejudice aside and find much to delight them.



-- Allan Massie * The Scotsman * Many of Rose's characters face impossible choices, but her unity of vision does not lead to a narrow or repetitive collection. On the contrary, the stories are wonderfully far-ranging. -- Margot Livesey * Times Literary Supplement *
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About Dilys Rose

Dilys Rose lives in Edinburgh and is a novelist, short story writer and poet. She has published twelve books, most recently Unspeakable (Freight, 2017), a fact-based historical novel and a poetry pamphlet, Stone the Crows (Mariscat Press, 2020). Sea Fret is her sixth collection of short stories.
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