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This collection of prize-winning stories represent major high-points from Alex Keegan's early years as a short-story writer. These stories will stay with you, make you return and look behind the words, for what is quietly waiting.
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Alex Keegan began writing seriously in 1992, publishing 5 mystery novels before switching to serious short fiction. He has been published widely in print and on the web and been awarded more than a dozen first prizes for his fiction as well as three Bridport Prizes. Born in Wales with an Irish mother, he now lives and writes in Newbury, England where he lives with his second wife and two teenage children. He runs a tough internet writing school, "Boot Camp Keegan"Review:
Lots of energy... deserving of applause * Literary Review * Keegan writes with wit and energy * London Evening Standard * `The Smell of Almond Polish' is a story which is incredibly understated, yet which carries with it a vast understory. The writing is clear and uncluttered, starting with a journey, and following the fortunes of Bridie Collins who simply gets jobs, does rather well, then returns home again. The author never tells us why she leaves her family, or what is actually going on in her life, yet the story is tender and painful. I know there will be sighs of frustration that Alex Keegan is on the list again and has taken first prize again but judge on the quality of writing and the underlying power. -- Zoe King * Buzzwords Prize * (on `The Last Love Letter of Berwyn Price) A story of a life contained in just two and a quarter thousand beautifully-chosen words, a perfectly balanced vignette which should not only grace the programme for every forthcoming Welsh international but should earn its place in any proper anthology of short stories. -- Charlotte Bingham * Bridport Prize *
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Book Description Salt Publishing, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1844714772