Since the 1990 publication of her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed, Helen Simpson has been hailed as one of the best short story writers at work in the world today. These wonderfully funny and penetrating stories take on the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between, in writing of remarkable originality and clarity.
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This is an outstanding collection of stories-the product of a new, original voice -
Of all contemporary writers, Simpson has the most honest, the most authentic voice... [Her] unfooled but kind eye is matched by her ear for the ebb and flow of everyday talk. But she does more than just record: every word rings true. Dear George shimmers with grace and savagery and wit -
A stunner of a collection - New York Times Book Review
A masterful contemporary exponent of the genre. Simpson now deserves to be compared with Flannery O'Connor and Alice Munro - Observer
Short stories are notoriously difficult to sell, but even people who don't care for the form make an exception for the work of Helen Simpson...Wickedly funny and painfully true...Dangerously close to perfection - The Times
The most sensuous writer in the land
- Mail on Sunday
Absolutely brilliant... I never knew what the phrase 'she can write like an angel' meant until I read this babe's book. Because you don't really think of angels writing, do you?You think of them playing harps, and flying about, and grooving en masse on the head of a pin...But there is something other-worldly, something seraphically savage about Helen Simpson's work
Helen Simpson is a writer with such a gift for sweet tenderness that one could almost overlook the glittering sharpness of the insights...[Her stories] are both deeply pleasurable, and-particularly for male readers-deeply uncomfortable.Not many writers manage to be as funny as Helen Simpson without sacrificing the honesty that her writing unmistakably has
- Mail on Sunday
Ample proof of her pre-eminent brilliance in the short form…her acute probing of malfunctioning relationships are both provocative and highly entertaining - Financial Times
I found her stories just as hard to put down as I used to; and repeated exposure to them just makes one appreciate the artistry even more… Simpson keeps her eyes open to what is around her, as well as to what is within her characters. It's the kind of detail that makes us wish she would hurry up so that we can read her thoughts about what's going on right now, the precise contours of our present anxieties. I suspect that she will have much to say, and be able to say it very well - Guardian
A compact insight into the acclaimed writers work - Big Issue
Simpson, to my mind, is one of the best contemporary chroniclers of womanhood that I’ve read. She manages to get under the skin of her characters in a way that makes you feel you know them and completely understand their anxieties, at each point in their lives - Bookbag.co.uk
She’s a genius at noticing and listening - Scotland on Sunday
Unexpected tales, perfectly pitched…suggesting Simpson sprand fully formed when she began writing - Sunday Herald
The great thing about Helen Simpson – or one of the great things – is that she pins people down so beautifully…her phrases sparkle - Evening Standard
Helen Simpson is the author of Four Bare Legs in a Bed, Dear George, Hey Yeah Right Get a Life, Constitutional and In-Flight Entertainment. In 1991 she was chosen as the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and won the Somerset Maugham Award. In 1993 she was chosen as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists. She has also received the Hawthornden prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forster Award. She lives in London.