October 23rd 2003
272 pages
B-format paperback
0 9541303 5 9

Going the Distance by Alan Beard

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Triumphant proof that the short story is still alive and kicking in the UK

Peter Ho Davies

Going the Distance features twenty vigorous, original stories by widely published authors and up-and-coming new talent – to transport the reader from Birmingham to Trinidad, Colombia, Canada, Liverpool and London.

With some of the best writing in the short story form the UK currently has to offer, this anthology is a real feast: Gemma Blackshaw’s spot-on portrait of an Essex girl on the verge of losing her virginity; Alan Beard cuts to the quick with a painfully honest study of growing regret and acceptance after a marriage break-up through infidelity; Joel Lane’s beautiful, poetical allegory about a man’s relationship with alcohol; to Godfrey Featherstone’s heartbreaking tale of an illiterate Birmingham couple, told in the form of a letter from a prison cell. Going the Distance is always powerful, original, perfectly understated, each voice strong and enticing

Laura Hird

This is a remarkable anthology. The tales that make up Going the Distance provide vivid testimony of Tindal Street’s commitment to the art of fiction, especially that most demanding (and rewarding) of fictional forms, the short story

John Lucas

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