62 of Brautigan's ultra-short stories, reissued to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. Introduced by Sarah Hall
Richard Brautigan was born in Tacoma, Washington where he spent much of his youth, before moving to San Francisco where he became involved with other writers in the Beat Movement. During the Sixties he became one of the most prolific and prominent members of the counter-cultural movement, and wrote some of his most famous novels including Trout Fishing in America, Sombrero Fallout and A Confederate General from Big Sur. He was found dead in 1984, aged 49, beside a bottle of alcohol and a .44 calibre gun. His daughter, Ianthe Brautigan, has written a biography of her father, You Can't Catch Death.
* He was an absolute original who found cause for celebration in the most unlikely places. Guardian * His writing manages to conjure up a feeling of relaxation and well-being, somehow existing in our reality without being touched by it - easy to fall into and over far too soon. After reading this you'll feel like you've been on holiday with a friend Time Out * The verbal humour and zany charm of the book remain quite irresistible. Daily Telegraph * Charming ... the stories have memorable or beautifully handled moments of observation London Review of Books