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The Book of Leeds
A City in Short Fiction
Edited by Tom Palmer and Maria Crossan
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Anthologies, British
Imprint: Comma Press
Publisher: Comma Press
Martyn Bedford, Jeremy Dyson, Ian Duhig, Andrea Semple, M.Y. Alam, Tom Palmer, Susan Everett, David Peace, Shamshad Khan & Tony Harrison
Millgarth Police Station reverberates with the early adrenalin-rush of a case they won't close for years.
A teenage boy trails the city centre bars of the eighties in thrall to his hero - a Leeds United football hooligan.
A single woman finds her frustrations with men confirmed while speed-dating in a city re-invented as a party capital.
Bringing together fiction from some of the city's most celebrated writers, The Book of Leeds traces the unique contours that fifty years of social and economic change can impress on a city. These are stories that take place at oblique angles to the larger events in the city's history, or against wider currents that have shaped the social and cultural landscape of today's Leeds: a modern city with both problems and promise.
Praise for Maria Crossan 'Manchester is fast becoming the UK's most influential centre for short story writing, and much of this is due to the passionate championing of the genre by Ra Page, founder of Comma Press.'
The Guardian 'A fine streetwise cacophony.'
The Independent 'Acquaint yourself with these fresh and varied new literary voices.'
The Independent on Sunday 'Europe is heavy with history and the trace left by cataclysm and upheaval. These are present in these tales, and yet coexist with a kind of wry and knowing playfulness.'
A.S. Byatt in The Times 'A stellar collection.'
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