Tom Saunders' first collection of short stories, entitled Brother, What Strange Place is This?, was published in 2004 by UK Authors and then in 2009 by Reuben Books.
A second collection of short stories – Roof Whirl Away – was published in 2008 by Petton Books.
This was followed in July 2009 with the publication of Inappropriate Happiness, a novel.
A collection of poems - To the Boy - was published on 1st January 2012.
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The Corner of Moon Street – a third anthology of short stories - was published on 26 October 2016. Click on the 'Moon Street' button to access details.
All the Running You Can Do is Saunders' second novel and was published on 1 December 2018. Click here for more information.
To the Boy
Tom's first collection of poems was published on the 1st January 2012.
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Our narrator is Edward. Edward is surely his father’s son. When Edward inherits the deserted water mill, he must make plans for the old man’s white elephant and see them through.
After the two young artists Belle and Kitto arrive, Edward’s life changes forever. What he sees one evening leaves him with a secret he does not want or know how to share.
Inappropriate Happiness is a novel about what was, what is, and what can never be.
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Roof Whirl Away
This is Tom Saunders’ second collection of stories first published in 2008.
As we have come to expect, the stories in this book are both varied and stylish, with a whole range of vivid characters caught in moments of reverie, indecision and drama. The transformative power of art is examined in “Bonny Craigallan”. Shame and the political process come together in “The Great House of Easement”. A 19th century naturalist’s final journey becomes the basis for the poignant “Lasting”. Sex and love and those moments where the two fail to coincide find a place in “Insect Etiquette”.
Those who love the endangered species known as the short story will find much to enjoy in these pages. Small worlds can be satisfying worlds and all the more pure for their concision. Lovers of good writing, whatever their preference, will find great pleasures here.
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Brother, What Strange Place is This?
Brother, What Strange Place is This? is Tom Saunders’ first short story collection. First published in 2004 by UK Authors, Bristol; a new imprint was issued by Reuben Books in 2009.
From the pagan brutalities of a Welsh island at the time of the Armada in “The Seal Man” to the quest for redemption of an English jazz pianist in modern day Cuba in “The Calle de Obra Pia,” the stories explore the complexities of history and the twists and turns of the human journey.
Beautifully, often lyrically written, these stories reveal a keen and playful intelligence at work and all are executed with humour and compassion. The characters are, by turn, quirky, difficult, off beat and yet each is sympathetically rendered.
The title story “Brother, What Strange Place is This?” examines the relationship between two brothers, one excited by the possibilities of the 20th century, the other, a classical composer, mad with remorse over the instincts he is unable to discipline and understand.
This is a truly remarkable debut, both original and imaginative. Not just a book for lovers of finely crafted short stories, but for everyone interested in the art of writing and in literature itself.
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