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Debut collection from London journalist and winner of 2009 Cinnamon Press Short Story Award.
Fragmented brings together short stories and sketches, charting a personal journey from squatter and hippy in Seventies London to creative, stable middle-age as husband, father, teacher and writer. Responding to and recording social change, often by seizing moments in the flux of city life, these stories are both self-contained fragments and a cohesive narrative of a city and an individual within it.
Many sketches are set in Hackney or Hornsey Rise, at one time the largest squat in Europe. Fragmented brings to life characters and places, examines the underside of London epitomised by outsiders, drugs, racial tension and crime, and explores deeper themes not only of childhood, family and relationships, but also of the nature of writing, political idealism, fear of oblivion and how we conjure and retain a sense of the past.
Jeremy Worman has reviewed for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, the New Statesman, the TLS and many other publications. ‘Storm at Galesburg’ won the Cinnamon Press Short Story Competition in 2009 and ‘Terry’ won the Waterstone’s / Multi-Storey competition in 2002. His first novel, It’s All Right, Ma is forthcoming. He has degrees in English from London University and Cambridge University and teaches English Literature to American students at Birkbeck.