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  • Bowen's stories show the awesome capabilities of the English language and the surprise and mystery of the human soul

    Anne Tyler
  • Bowen's stories are novels that have been split open like rocks and reveal the glitter of the naked crystals which have formed them

  • Like Woolf, like Spark, her language is clear but her effects complex, creating shimmering reflections of reality, her world recognisable but just out of reach

  • [Bowen's] fiction's uniqueness lies in its versatile, modern understanding of place as 'inner landscape'... [an] astute selection of the short stories... [Brown] write[s] fiction with the texture of history

    London Review of Books
  • A judiciously chosen selection of stories that showcases the brilliance of Elizabeth Bowen throughout her career. Tessa Hadley's illuminating and affectionate introduction positions Bowen firmly where she belongs - as one of the most remarkable writers of short stories in any era.

    Julia Parry, author of The Shadowy Third: Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen

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