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  • Dear George And Other Storiesby Helen Simpson

    Random House 2014; US$ 10.88

    In her second collection of short stories, Helen Simpson continues to explore ideas of independence, solitude, marriage, sex and babies with her characteristic blend of comedy and lyricism. Here are tales of young love - successful or thwarted, intense or comic. From a wedding day for one, through the knotty problems of babies, their... more...

  • Four Bare Legs In a Bedby Helen Simpson

    Random House 2014; US$ 12.24

    Brilliant, funny and tragic, Four Bare Legs in a Bed is an outstanding and invigorating collection of short stories. In Simpson's uniquely imaginative and sensuous voice, we hear of the mixed blessings of independence and marriage, of sex and babies. By the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M.Forster... more...

  • Getting a Lifeby Helen Simpson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    Hilarious, dark, and thoroughly entertaining, Getting a Life proves Helen Simpson to be one of the finest observers of women on the edge. Set in and around contemporary London, these nine stories explore both the blisses and irritations of domestic life. An ambitious teenager vows never to settle for any of the adult lives she sees around her. Two... more...

  • In the Driver's Seatby Helen Simpson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 13.95

    A dark, dazzling, surprisingly funny new collection of stories (?Masterly? ?Adam Mars Jones, The Observer ; ?A virtuoso performance? ?Jane Shilling, The Sunday Telegraph ) about single women and wives in various phases of midlife?anxious mothers, besotted mothers, beset mothers?in a (futile) search for security and consolation. Helen Simpson?s stories... more...

  • In-Flight Entertainmentby Helen Simpson

    Random House 2010; US$ 10.88

    Poignant, funny and perceptive, Helen Simpson's fifth collection of short stories deals with the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between. A young woman's diary records a blackly farcical escape attempt involving flamenco, murder and wild picnics; two students fall in love then almost talk themselves out of it in an argument about... more...

  • In-Flight Entertainmentby Helen Simpson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    The Times (London) calls ?dangerously close to perfection.? These thirteen stories brilliantly focus on aspects of contemporary living and unerringly capture a generation, a type, a social class, a pattern of behavior. They give us the small detail that reveals large secrets and summons up the inner stresses of our lives (?It is a blissful relief... more...

  • Constitutionalby Helen Simpson

    Random House 2010; US$ 10.88

    Charting tantrums, funerals, pregnancy, war and love affairs, these stories unroll with piercing wit and sympathy. One woman finds grief for her lost lover is assuaged by involvement in some carpentry repair work. Another grows increasingly angry as the grim reaper scythes through her circle, with farcical and tragic results. Elsewhere,... more...

  • A Bunch of Fivesby Helen Simpson

    Random House 2012; US$ 12.24

    Since the 1990 publication of her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed, Helen Simpson has been hailed as one of the best short story writers at work in the world today. These wonderfully funny and penetrating stories take on the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between, in writing of remarkable originality and clarity. more...

  • The Ritz London Book Of Afternoon Teaby Helen Simpson

    Ebury Publishing 2012; US$ 9.53

    Taking tea is one of the quintessentially English occasions, and who is a greater authority on the subject than the sumptuous Ritz London Hotel? This charming Edwardian-style book captures the essence of this traditional British pastime, and provides us with all the expertise on the ceremony as well as the recipes. Stories about the legendary afternoon... more...

  • Hey Yeah Right Get A Lifeby Helen Simpson

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.24

    This collection, Helen Simpson's third and best yet, is a loosely linked set of stories about women - at work, at home and on holiday - that is poignant, perceptive, often sad and frequently funny. more...