Unusual Salami and Other Stories

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
With humour ('Imaginary Col')or strange lyrical horror (the title story) the characters in this collection struggle to make sense of life with sometimes dreadful consequences. Greg is weirdly empowered by reading a book, Anna escapes an enchantment (or does she?) God creates the world and Arkle is... well, Arkle. Although what IS that raggy brown stuff under the tree in 'Pneumonia'?

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About Frances Clarke

I'm busy preparing another collection of stories plus working on my second novel which is set in Southampton and opens as the 2nd world war begins. Come and say hello on my Facebook page or Visit my blog. I try to keep a page going on that which documents how hard I am finding it as I go along! The web address is www.francesbookpage.blogspot.com

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Mark Chisnell reviewed on Feb. 15, 2011

A great collection from Frances Clarke, I loved the Glassblower's Daughter (if you haven't read it yet, then you must), and these stories were every bit as good.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
jonathan prag reviewed on Jan. 23, 2011

Amazing stories. How come this book isn't listed in the thriller and suspense category? It seems like it should be, The story 'Sleeping Pattern' is so violent yet at the same time it is not horrible and I had a lot of sympathy for the poor main character and his awful predicament.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Dom Prag reviewed on Jan. 22, 2011

Couldn't put this down. Unusual Salami is gripping and Alma's musings are hilarious in Imaginary Col. A really fantastic collection!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Stefan Iddon-Meyers reviewed on Jan. 22, 2011

I love the humour in these short stories. 'Unusual Salami...' makes a fantastic addition to Clarke's growing body of work - can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sam Whitley reviewed on Jan. 22, 2011

These are really good stories. It's hard to say which is my favourite - probably 'World of Clare'. There is often an unexpected twist and also a lot of humour. I like the way bleakness and cheerfulness co-exist in the same story sometimes and I like the characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Val Clarke reviewed on Jan. 2, 2011

Ten darkly brilliant short stories about what it means to be human (and animal), the experiences that make us what we are and how deity has its own problems to solve - thank goodness for eggs!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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