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Comma Modern Shorts


176 Pages, 5 x 7 3/4

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: April 2006

ISBN 9780954828028

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (Apr 2006)

Price: $13.95


This short story collection features three authors who each contribute half a dozen stories that are linked by their shared setting. Jean Sprackland follows characters clinging to lost dreams and obsessions amid the dunes and fairgrounds of Southport. Set in the derelict rooms and vandalized stairwells of a tower block in south Manchester, Tim Cooke's stories draw intricate spirals around the claustrophobic lives of those who occupy them. Sean O'Brien's voices are also those of lost souls that actively seek their own dereliction, staggering between the vaulted libraries and nocturnal drinking dens of Tyneside.

Author Biography

Sean O'Brien is the author of four collections of poems, including Downriver, which won the 2002 Forward Prize for best collection. His essays have appeared in The Deregulated Muse: Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry and he has translated Aristophanes' Birds. He is the editor of The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland After 1945. Jean Sprackland is the author of two collections of poetry, including Tattoos for Mothers' Day, which was shortlisted for the Forward First Book Award, and Hard Water, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation that was shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Award. Tim Cooke is a music composer for television and film. His unpublished novel The Zero-Sum Game was the source for Penny Woolcock's 2004 film The Principles of Lust.