When Planets Slip Their Tracks

When Planets Slip Their Tracks This is Joanna Campbell s first collection of short stories many of which have won prizes or been shortlisted in international competitions They are about lonely people for whom the world has shifted

  • Title: When Planets Slip Their Tracks
  • Author: JoannaCampbell
  • ISBN: 9781910207062
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is Joanna Campbell s first collection of short stories, many of which have won prizes or been shortlisted in international competitions They are about lonely people for whom the world has shifted a little on its axis A wry sense of humour often illuminates the dark edges of these tales.Each story catches the moment of implosion a lame girl s friends disappear on aThis is Joanna Campbell s first collection of short stories, many of which have won prizes or been shortlisted in international competitions They are about lonely people for whom the world has shifted a little on its axis A wry sense of humour often illuminates the dark edges of these tales.Each story catches the moment of implosion a lame girl s friends disappear on a bleak mountain, a schoolboy nurses a doll during a lesson, a babysitter is caught in her own web of lies, a mother watches her pram sink in the river, and a child discovers the truth about birth and death in the space of a day.

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    1. Joanna Campbell has won a bucketload of awards for her writing, and this collection makes it clear why. What a talent she is - each of these stories features characters in moments of crisis, then their lives tip and turn in the most unexpected of directions. Through Campbell’s sharp lens, we meet a tactless counsellor and her client - a woman terrified of public speaking; the babysitter from hell, and a school boy who breast feeds a doll. Campbell is a brilliant weaver of words, but it’s whe [...]

    2. Over the years, I've seen Joanna Campbell's name pop up on many a short story competition winners' list, and have enjoyed and admired her work. When I heard she had a collection due out, I was very excited. And I wasn't disappointed. She really does bring a little magic to her storytelling by striking a perfect balance of intelligent fiction that possesses the ability to tug at the heartstrings.Her stories are inhabited by characters that seem so real, they leap off the page. In 'Solid Orange Se [...]

    3. I savoured this collection. Each story is rich in time sense. Joanna Campbell was able to take me into the moment, and yet I also learned of the character's past and gleaned hints of the future. Each story is of a quality that engages the senses with descriptions and dialogues that are utterly captivating. Really, I would not have been able to read this collection straight through because I would have been afraid of missing something, so deep and rewarding is the character's engagement with the [...]

    4. Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award Fiction 2016These short stories, several of which end with a smart twist, are superbly written and populated with strong characters and fine, small details. She creates real people – she is especially good with US teenagers, as in the title story where the protagonist, who has learning difficulties, is pregnant and abandoned – and demonstrates genuine compassion for ordinary people, those whose great skill when confronted with a hostile world is to prete [...]

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