Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire in the southwest of England. Her short fiction and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Moth, Colony, The Irish Times, The White Review and gorse. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and has received bursaries from the Arts Council Ireland and Galway City Council. Pond is her first collection of stories.
'This is an extraordinary collection of short stories - profoundly
original though not eccentric, sharp and tender, funny and deeply
engaging. A very new sort of writing, Bennett pushes the boundaries
of the short story out into new territory: part prose fiction, part
stream of consciousness, often truly poetry and always an acute,
satisfying, delicate, honest meditation on both the joys and
frustrations of a life fully lived in solitude. Take it slowly,
because it is worth it, and be impressed and joyful.'
- Sara Maitland, author of A Book of Silence
'I'd heard more good whispers about Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett than almost any other debut this year so, by the time I read it, expectations were high and - as it turned out - not disappointed. These stories are intelligent and funny, innovative and provocative, and it's impossible to read them without thinking that here is a writer who has only just begun to show what she can do.'
- Eimear McBride, author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
'Bennett's language is an ornate and long-winded riposte to all those pared-back minimalists, and I love it.'
- Jon McGregor, Guardian
'This uncategorizable book will leave you positively buoyant.'
- Heller McAlpin, LA Times
'This is a truly stunning debut, beautifully written and profoundly witty.'
- Andrew Gallix, Guardian
'Wielding a wry but implacable logic, Claire-Louse Bennett dives under the surface of "ordinary" experiences and things to reveal their supreme and giddy illogic. Like Gail Scott and Lydia Davis before her, she writes an impeccable affect-less prose that almost magically arrives at something extraordinary.'
- Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
'Claire-Louise Bennett is a major writer to be discovered and treasured.'
- Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home
'As brilliant a debut and as distinct a voice as we've heard in years - this is a real writer with the real goods.'
- Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane