Medals and Prizes
brings together eight of
the best stories and novellas by John Metcalf, a virtuosic champion of the
short form. Metcalf was born in Carlisle and emigrated to Canada as a young
man, where both his innovations as a prose stylist and his talent as an editor
are legendary. Until now, he has never been published in Britain. Spanning more
than fifty years, and ranging from some of his earliest published stories to
the astonishing late-career ‘Medals and Prizes’, the work gathered here shows
us a writer whose voice, at every stage, is unmistakeable.
Entertaining and moving and mischievous, these
elegant fictions are a homecoming for a writer ready to assume his rank among
Britain’s great short fiction masters.
Table of Contents:
Singles Gents Only The Children Green and Golden The Nipples of Venus Girl in Gingham Dandelions Medals and Prizes Ceazar Salad Keys and Watercress