Introduced by Giles Gordon.
Elspeth Davie is one of Scotland's finest and most underrated short-story writers. Her prose style is as clear and occasionally unnerving as that of Muriel Spark, yet her work reveals a gentler and more compassionate, but no less penetrating eye for the beauty and the strangeness of the daily human condition.
This wide-ranging collection of the very best of Elspeth Davie's short fiction offers an important reassessment of a wonderful writer.
'Exceptionally powerful . . . this is a most impressive collection, a work of genuine imagination. And Mrs Davie's measured, subtly cadenced prose is a pleasure to read.' Observer
'Mrs Davie commands a beautifully clear prose style that she can intensify when necessary to touch the hem of poetry.' Edinburgh Evening News
' Shows the skill and originality of the writer in articulating and devising images for human doubts and ambiguities.' Herald
by Eric Linklater
by Robert Louis Stevenson
by Arthur Conan Doyle
by Edwin Muir
by John Buchan
by George Friel
by Nan Shepherd
by Elizabeth Grant
by Blind Harry
by Catherine Carswell
by James Kennaway
by Naomi Mitchison
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