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BOOK: All the beloved ghosts by Alison MacLeod

By ChiUni 09 Jan 2018

Professor Alison MacLeod, Professor of Creative Writing

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A Finalist for The 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction
A ‘Best Book of 2017’, the Guardian
A ‘Book of the Summer’ for the Huffington Post, The Lady, Chatelaine, and THE WEEK
A ‘Book of the Year’ for PASTE
“Alison MacLeod, the author of the Man Booker-listed novel Unexploded, seamlessly knits together essayistic and imaginative modes of writing in her second short-story collection All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury). Historical figures such as Sylvia Plath, Princess Diana, Anton Chekhov and Angelica Garnett rub shoulders with fictional characters and the author herself in a series of emotionally powerful meditations… MacLeod’s formal sophistication and her impeccably elegant, richly textured prose make this another collection to savour.”   Edmund Gordon, THE SUNDAY TIMES

‘MacLeod is dazzlingly good at evoking a whole life through a single snapshot and at bending and stretching her prose as she moves between an impressive range of narrative personae.’  Lara Feigel, THE GUARDIAN

‘[A] joy to read… exceptionally accomplished’  Claire Looby, THE IRISH TIMES

“[A} captivating and intricate interweaving of biography, fiction and memoir that explores themes of ghosts (both historical and familial), loss and love.”   CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) BOOKS

“If you read only one book of short stories this year, it should be this one.”  Christena Appleyard, DAILY MAIL

An “accomplished feast…The tone is elegiac, darkly humorous and deeply sensual… MacLeod is a gently playful but fearless writer…”  Clarissa Hurley, ATLANTIC BOOKS TODAY

‘a beautifully written collection of short fiction and personal essays that imagine the stories of departed souls, both famous and anonymous… MacLeod, a Canadian writer who lives in England, is a true literary talent.’  A ‘Book of the Summer’, CHATELAINE

“All the Beloved Ghosts is a far-reaching and graceful suite of short fiction… Each piece touches the heart of what it means to be alive.”  Cameron Woodhead, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

You can purchase Alison MacLeod's book here. 

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