‘Literary hand grenades, raising difficult questions about the world in which we live’ – Guardian
In the sixteen stories of The Not-Dead and The Saved, Kate Clanchy turns her clear gaze and remarkable honesty on what it means to be a mother or a child; to struggle alone; to seek comfort in love; to be present; to be sane.
Lithe prose and crackling wit carry us from comedy to tragedy and back again, and create a bold cast of characters that includes even a few delightfully famous names.
The much-lauded title story won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2009, and the collection as a whole more than delivers on that promise. It celebrates Kate Clanchy’s gift for clarity, empathy and surprise, and confirms her as one of the finest writers of our time.
Published: September 7, 2023
Published: June 2, 2022