The Redemption of Galen Pike

The Redemption of Galen Pike : and Other Stories

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Winner of the 2015 International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award

Winner of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

Shortlisted for the 2015 Wales Book of the Year: Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize

The Globe 100: The Best International Fiction of 2017

In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father's enemy.

Spare, precise, charged with a prickly wit, the stories in Carys Davies's sparkling second collection remind us how little we know of the lives of others.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 9mm | 167.83g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • No
  • 1907773711
  • 9781907773716
  • 154,037

Table of contents

The Quiet
On Commercial Hill
The Travellers
First Journeyman
The Taking of Bunny Clay
Miracle at Hawk's Bay
In the Cabin in the Woods
The Coat
The Redemption of Galen Pike
Wicked Fairy
Nothing Like My Nightmare
Notes & Acknowledgements
Note on `Bonnet'
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Review quote

It's little wonder that Davies was winner of the 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, a prize previously given to the likes of Yiyun Li, Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami and Edna O'Brien. The Redemption of Galen Pike is a stunning achievement, and Carys Davies a writer to celebrate. -- Stephen Finucan * The Star * This sophisticated collection observes that everyone contains multitudes, and people's darkest corners are what make them interesting. The book never falters in its delicate touch and confident, nuanced observations about the human condition. * Publishers Weekly * One of the things that I loved so much about The Redemption of Galen Pike is one of the things that makes it incredibly difficult to write about - the scope of these stories in both time and place are epic... It is simply a stunning collection of stories. -- Simon Savidge * Savidge Reads * Her collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike, is published by the small UK independent press Salt. Its subjects span the world, with stories set everywhere from a remote Australian settlement, where a young wife has a secret, to a Colorado jail, where a Quaker woman meets a condemned man in his final hours in the title story. -- Alison Flood * The Guardian * This book is so wonderful! It's fantastic. -- Sarah Jessica Parker * Read It Forward! * This delicate, magical collection won the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Stories and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and it's easy to see why. They are precise but full of beautifully observed details that fill compact vignettes with incident and emotion. -- Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express * Confirms beyond doubt her position among the finest British exponents of a particularly challenging form. * The Irish Examiner * Outstanding...perfectly distilled, intense...exquisite. * The Yorkshire Post * Karen E Bender, Carys Davies, Tony Earley, Kirsty Gunn and Alejandro Zambra on shortlist for world's richest short story prize ... Jennifer Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing said: "We were completely bowled over when we heard the news that Carys Davies' book, The Redemption of Galen Pike, had been shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor prize. It is, without doubt, the world's most prestigious prize for short stories and to have a book placed up there with the best collections internationally is something we've dreamt of for many years. We are delighted for Carys, it is a fantastic achievement, and delighted too that her book has received such recognition." -- Martin Doyle * The Irish Times * This story of brutal murder and rough justice in the American Wild West carried a real punch. As if Mark Twain and Annie Proulx had sat down at a desk together. But an original voice too. I shall be looking out for more. -- Piers Plowright Extraordinarily powerful -- VS Pritchett Prize judges Jane Gardam, Penelope Lively and Jacob Ross on The Redemption of Galen Pike
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About Carys Davies

Carys Davies was the winner of the the 2010 Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, the 2011 Royal Society of Literature's V S Pritchett Memorial Prize, and a 2013 Northern Writers' Award. She has been shortlisted and longlisted for many other prizes including the Calvino Prize, the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Roland Mathias Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Wales Book of the Year and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Prize. Born in Wales, she now lives in Lancaster.
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433 ratings
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5 37% (160)
4 44% (189)
3 14% (61)
2 5% (20)
1 1% (3)
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