Format: C Format
Price: £ 11.99
Pages: 208 pp
Date: April 2006
'His voice is utterly convincing'
- Beryl Bainbridge, Daily Telegraph
'Seamlessly crafted with a perfect self-containment and compactness - each as complete as a nut in a shell. A beauty'
- Kate Saunders, The Times
'Fairly seethes with incident ... from a master of the short, sharp shock'
'Sad, ironic, nostalgic and illuminating glimpses into the dark corners of people's lives ... sparing, unsentimental, controlled prose with no words wasted. These are stories of loss, rejection and angst which provoke powerful emotion' - Carla McKay, Daily Mail
'This fine collection will give pleasure to anyone with regard for the carefully crafted and cunningly contrived narrative. Here is a collection of tales which provides many subtle pleasures'
- Peter Burton, Daily Express
'A miniature masterpiece, pulsating with feeling, complexity of thought, and the need to make sense of things' - Literary Review
'Every story here is good, every page a pleasure' - Scotsman
The Sunlight on the Garden
(About this author)
Francis King's Range, both geographical and emotional, has always been as remarkable in his short stories as in his novels.
In this collection, there are stories that are poignantly valedictory, like the title one, with its unflinching examination of the relationship between a tough, self-willed elderly man and the young women determined to exploit him. There are three chilling stories on the supernatural, set in Egypt, Brighton and London, and there is a devastating study of bereavement. Without exception, all the stories show King's characteristic combination of subtlety and force of emotion.