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We Are Attempting to Survive Our Time


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A collection of raw, brilliant, unforgettable stories, from one of our great writers

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A. L. Kennedy has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a host of other awards - including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. She lives in Essex.


Quite astonishing... A masterclass in the possibilities of the short story form. * Scotsman *
AL Kennedy's latest collection of wise, funny, human short stories came at just the right time. I...emerged feeling better about the world than I had in a while... Kennedy is brilliant at subtly shifting the ground of her stories, gently rotating your perspective so that by the end you're facing in quite the other direction, not sure of how you got there... [There is] waspish intelligence at work here. -- Alex Preston * Observer *
Striking, expertly constructed... Kennedy's exquisite blending of the limits of pain and courage recall Primo Levi. -- Catherine Taylor * Financial Times *
AL Kennedy's seventh collection of stories is a quite astonishing...clear-eyed...masterclass in the possibilities of the short story form; comical, plangent... Words indeed for our times. -- Stuart Kelly * Scotsman *
Kennedy is a superb writer and the canniness of her observation keeps you reading. -- Phil Baker * Sunday Times *
Connoisseurs of short stories that pack an emotional punch will find plenty to admire in this fine new collection. -- Max Davidson * Mail on Sunday *
Each story invites the reader to enter a very particular struggle with characters who not only feel real, but whose aching vulnerability will resonate long after the moment has ended... Formidably insightful, A.L. Kennedy's latest collection...is a shrewd examination of life's defining moments. * UK Press Syndication *
[The] title and tone of [We Are Attempting to Survive Our Time] fit our current situation like a bespoke suit... Perfectly judged and moving. -- Rosemary Goring * Herald Scotland *
[A] dark, dangerously funny collection. -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail *
From the brilliant AL Kennedy...a collection of unforgettable short stories about ordinary people wrestling with the lives they have been given as the world spins around them. -- Katy Thompsett * Refinery29 *

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