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 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 12mm | 100g
  • Salt Publishing
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1907773711
  • 9781907773716
  • 220,710

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 more

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Extraordinarily powerful -- VS Pritchett Prize judges Jane Gardam, Penelope Lively and Jacob Ross on The Redemption of Galen Pike 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 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 Outstanding...perfectly distilled, intense...exquisite. The Yorkshire Post Confirms beyond doubt her position among the finest British exponents of a particularly challenging form. The Irish Examiner 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 Expressshow more

Table of contents

The Quiet On Commercial Hill Jubilee The Travellers Myth Bonnet First Journeyman Precious 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 Creed Nothing Like My Nightmare Sibyl Notes & Acknowledgements Note on 'Bonnet'show more

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