Everyday life crackles with the electricity sparking between men and women, between parents and children, between friends. A son confesses to his mother that he is cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with her lecturer and embarks on an affair with a man in the pub who looks just like him. Young mothers pent-up in childcare dream treacherously of other possibilities; a boy becomes aware of the woman, a guest at his parents' holiday home, who is pressing up too close against him on the beach.
Hidden away inside the present, the past is explosive; the future can open unexpectedly out of any chance encounter; ordinary moments are illuminated with lightning flashes of dread or pleasure. These stories about family life are somehow undomesticated and dangerous.
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Truly absorbing... a masterful yet understated read... More please - Sunday Express
Brilliant... Hadley's style is as discreet as good tailoring - Independent
The stories sparkle...Hadley is fascinating for the way she admits a fantasy or a missed chance can be more significant than the actual events that shape a life - Metro
Tessa Hadley excels in glimpses: those small, burning memories that we never lose and which haunt as well as remind... A wonderful collection - Herald
A wholly satisfying collection of stories...Distinguished by a dry humour and prose that often surprises but is never merely showy, Sunstroke catches life on the wing and pins it, fiercely struggling to the page - Sunday Times
A brooding, real-life collection bruised by knowledge and sustained by familiar discomfort - Irish Times
Really very sexy... she is the writer we didn't know we were waiting for, until she arrived - Guardian
Hadley is a talented writer - Scotland on Sunday
In Sunstroke nothing is stable or predictable... These wonderfully elegant but rather unsettling stories may be set within the confines of the home, but they are not cosy - Time Out, Book of the Week
Absorbing and slyly revelatory - Daily Mail
The key to Hadley's style of storytelling is in her ungarnished prose. The day-to-dayness of her language amplifies the situations she writes about - Evening Standard
Hadley's light touch results in a story thrilling with nuance - Times Literary Supplement
Tessa Hadley is the author of four highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom and The London Train, and a collection of stories, Married Love. She lives in Cardiff and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker, Granta and other magazines.