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- DescriptionLong-listed for the 2016 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Songs of the drowned and a dog with wings... The world was a grey place once, concrete grey and striped with grey; clay against stone. The pigeons stretched out their scrawny lives and lived as creatures must. Yet they were t hateful birds. They wore their poverty like overcoats; they sat upon the highest places and drizzled the whole world with their compassion. Their souls were dignified as tarnished spoons; pigeons bore witness to the sadness and the tearing of the wind. By turns tender and unsettling, this book lurks at the tattered edges of the world, where Satan's daughter wants to die of love and a woman is paralysed with fear in the 24-hours Tesco. There are jokes here too, and you cant trust the ground beneath your feet. The angels keep stealing God's fags and the dog is hauled up before a kangaroo court. Fates of The Animals is a book for those who remember fairytales and the TV Test-card; those who like to feel a little uneasy; those who sometimes lie awake in the night.
- Author BiographyPadrika Tarrant was born in 1974. She read sculpture at Norwich School of Art, where she developed an unhealthy fixation with scissors and the animator Jan Svankmajer. Fates of the Animals is her third book, following Broken Things (Salt 2007) and The Knife Drawer (Salt 2011). She lives in Norwich with her beautiful daughter and some lovely stuffed animals. She does not entirely trust her cutlery.
- PrizesLong-listed for Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story 2016.
- Author(s)Padrika Tarrant
- PublisherSalt Publishing
- Date of Publication15/03/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2014
- ImprintSalt Publishing
- Weight192 g
- Width127 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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