Released on 18 June 2015.

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The Not-Dead and The Saved and Other Stories

3.98 based on 35 ratings & 6 reviews on

2016 Short-listed

Edge Hill Short Story Prize


None of us are perfect, in the way we love, age, or view the world. The Not-Dead and the Saved offers us an opportunity for reinvention: of ourselves, those we have lost, and the world in which we live. From a man doomed to spend his life trying to find solutions to cancer; to a new mother haunted by a swaddling, tablet-eating great-aunt; to an intrepid literary agent who travels to the Yorkshire Moors to discover the next big thing, and ends up eating Anne Bronte's rock cakes, we meet a host of characters who are desperately, creatively, and often hilariously trying to evade the underlying truths of their lives.

The Not-Dead and the Saved is a cascade, of warm, wise and insightful stories about human nature, frank, funny, and sometimes desolating, but always underpinned by tenderness, and by a faith in enduring bonds of love.

In the media

Stories of admirable scope and ambition . . . this new volume strikes a charming balance between focus on character and the controlled, potent use of language.
Literary Review
Subtle, sensitive, keenly observed.
Independent on Sunday
The real joy is the startling images that pop off the page like firecrackers.
Sunday Express