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Summat Else

Tester, Royston

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ISBN 10: 0889842574 / ISBN 13: 9780889842571
Published by Erin, Ontario, Canada: Porcupines Quill, 2004
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Original printed wraps. 176 pp. Octavo. Summat Else, Royston Tester's debut collection of short fiction, sketches the life and times of Enoch Jones, too clever and too queer to be a working-class lad from Birmingham, the polluted heart of England's `Black Country'. In these linked stories, Tester gives us unforgettable glimpses of Enoch's youth, introducing him first as the adopted son of a family of `caravan runts', then as a juvenile delinquent in an animal kingdom of doddering majors and simpering pigeon-fanciers, all blind to their own grotesquerie. Enoch escapes, `eighteen and out of England', to the brutality of Spain during Franco's final months, where he turns tricks in hostels while dodging riots, gunfire and marriage. Eventually, the story circles back on itself, and Tester burrows into the murk of Enoch's genesis: an industrial landscape populated with teenage factory girls, holy joes, virgins in ditches, and, ringing throughout, disembodied voices `like someone reading the Lord's Prayer backward all the time, or shouting directions in Latin from inside a bowl of porridge. Summat else indeed. Printed offset by Tim Inkster on the Heidelberg KORD at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill in the Village of Erin, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Smyth sewn into 16-page signatures, with hand-tipped endleaves front and back. Bookseller Inventory # 9780889842571

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Title: Summat Else

Publisher: Erin, Ontario, Canada: Porcupines Quill

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A most remarkable series of linked stories, encompassing a young working-class Englishman's coming of age, written with great humour and pathos.

This is Royston Tester's first book, but he has already been nominated for a slew of awards, been published widely (and internationally, in both journals and the Lambda-prize finalist anthology The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Essays on Queer Sexuality and Desire), and charmed the CanLit establishment. His writing is very English, and in a spectacular way; his language is both elegant and colloquial, and always riveting.

About the Author:

Royston Tester grew up in Birmingham, the English Midlands. Before emigrating to Canada in 1978, he spent time in London, Barcelona, and Melbourne. A Canadian citizen, he is a fellow of the Hawthornden writers' retreat in Scotland, the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain and is a frequent Leighton Studio artist-resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta. He was educated in English and European Literature at Essex University in the UK and in Modern British Literature at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has published short fiction in numerous Canadian literary journals, including Descant, the New Quarterly, the Antigonish Review and the Malahat Review; his work has been anthologized in Rip-Rap and Intersections (Banff Centre Press) and the Quickies series (Arsenal Pulp Press); in 2003 he was shortlisted for Pagitica's International Literary Competition. In the US his stories have appeared in online publications such as Blithe House Quarterly, Lodestar, and the anthology Everything I Have Is Blue (Suspect Thoughts Press); in 2002 he was a finalist in the US New Century Writer Awards. Currently working on a novel, Heather's Masterpiece, Tester lives in the Little Italy area of Toronto.

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