The Dressing Up Box by David Constantine (paperback)
THE FIFTH COLLECTION FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR David Constantine - author of 'In Another Country', the story that inspired the film '45 YEARS'.
Against the backdrop of war, a group of children barricade themselves in an abandoned townhouse, cherishing what's left of their innocence with the help of a dressing-up box...
A deep-sea diver takes to being suspended for hours at a time on the end of a line not long enough to reach the seabed...
An ageing widower moves into the shed at the end of his garden to plan out his 'endgame' surrounded by a lifetime's worth of hoarded curiosities...
The characters in David Constantine's fifth collection are all in pursuit of sanctuary; the violence and mendacity of the outside world presses in from all sides be it the ritualised brutality suffered by children at a Catholic orphanage, or the harrowing videos shared among refugees of an atrocity 'back home'. In each case, the characters withdraw into themselves, sometimes abandoning language altogether, until something breaks and they can retreat no further. In Constantine's luminous prose, these stories capture such moments in all their clarity; moments when an entire life seems to hang in the balance, the past's betrayals exposed, its ghosts dragged out into the daylight; moments in which the possibility of defiance and redemption is everything.
'Precise in their intensity, unsettling, suddenly and unexpectedly luminous, these stories will stay with you and unfurl within you.' - Lucy Caldwell
'A beautifully crafted tender, evocative collection. Full of wisdom and light.' - Irenosen Okojie
'David Constantine's fifth collection of stories is a fierce and tender meditation on our struggle to live - a lyrical and plainspoken portrait of humanity at its pernicious worst and its suffering, creative, resilient best.' - Carys Davies
'David Constantine is fearless. His work is dark and daring while, at turns, also humorous and tender. This collection cements his position as one of the UK's finest short story writers.' - Paul McVeigh
- Paperback : 256 pages
- Product dimensions : 12.8 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm