The Not-Dead and The Saved and Other Stories

Kate Clanchy

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2016 Nominee

Edge Hill Short Story Prize

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18 June 2015
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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.

Moving swiftly between the comic and the tragic, Clanchy has an eager eye for each and every detail in between.


Here are female relationships in all their envy, jealousy, anger, ambition and fear . . . mitigated by wit and energy.

Amanda Craig - Independent