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ISBN 13: 9780330373340
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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The author of the book: Jackie Kay
Edition: Picador USA
Date of issue: January 3rd 2003
ISBN: 033037334X
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I really enjoyed this collection of stories. They seem to be very well ordered within the book. There are several about people living unsatisfactory lives, who are heading for unavoidable change, often with a surreal bent. In Shark! Shark!, Brian can’t get over a sudden, obsessive, irrational fear of sharks; in Shell, Doreen’s realisation of just how dissatisfied she is coincides with a gradual physical transformation; and in The woman with fork and knife disorder, cutlery plays a big part in driving unappreciated Irene into the realms of madness.

There are a few stories convincingly written in the patois of Jackie Kay’s native Scotland. There are those narrated by outsiders, such as the fantastic title story which made me empathise with a character I would probably avoid or clash with in real life; and the unsettling Making a movie. Then there are the love stories: in the wonderful Physics and Chemistry, two female schoolteachers are fired when their relationship is brought out into the open, despite having worked there for years with no issues. They simply leave the bigotry behind and open a wool shop, because “they had this thing between them, this spark. It could always change colour.” In the heartbreaking final story, In between talking about the elephant, two lovers have an agreement that helps them transcend bleak reality. The story hurtles towards its devastating ending in a sort of desperate, fevered, exhilarating tone.

It is, essentially, a book overflowing with warmth, especially in the final three stories. Some of the tales have the power to shift your perspective and make you rethink prejudices. Kay is also unflinching in her descriptions, and not just of physical things: she’s not afraid to really prod at a subject until the raw emotion behind it oozes out.


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Ebook Why Don't You Stop Talking: Stories read Online! Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby. Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.

Kay's adoptive father worked full-time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive mother was the secretary of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Initially harbouring ambitions to be an actress, she decided to concentrate on writing after encouragement by Alasdair Gray. She studied English at the University of Stirling and her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991, and won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award. Her other awards include the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for Other Lovers, and the Guardian Fiction Prize for Trumpet, based on the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, born Dorothy Tipton, who lived as a man for the last fifty years of her life.

Kay writes extensively stage, screen, and for children. In 2010 she published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her birth parents, a white Scottish woman, and a Nigerian man. Her birth parents met when her father was a student at Aberdeen University and her mother was a nurse. Her drama The Lamplighter is an exploration of the Atlantic slave trade. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2007 and published in poem form in 2008.

Jackie Kay became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 17 June 2006. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Kay lives in Manchester.



Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. THE ADOPTION PAPERS (Bloodaxe, 1991) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. DARLING was a poetry book society choice. FIERE, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award. Her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. RED DUST ROAD, (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize and the LONDON BOOK AWARD. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award.
She also writes for children and her book RED CHERRY RED (Bloomsbury) won the CLYPE award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her play MANCHESTER LINES produced by Manchester Library Theatre was on this year in Manchester. Her new book of short stories REALITY, REALITY was recently published by Picador. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.



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