The Pre-War House and Other Stories



➽ [Reading] ➿ The Pre-War House and Other Stories By Alison Moore ➲ – E17streets4all.co.uk The Pre War House and Other Stories is the debut collection from Alison Moore, whose first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Specsavers National Book Awards The stori The Pre War House and Other Stories is House and PDF/EPUB è the debut collection from Alison Moore, whose first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Specsavers National Book Awards The stories collected here range from her first published short story which appeared in a small journal into new and recently published work In between, Moore s stories have been shortlisted for than a dozen different awards including the Bridport Prize, the Fish Prize, the Lightship Flash Fiction Prize, the Manchester Fiction Prize and the Nottingham Short Story Competition The title story won first prize The Pre-War eBook ✓ in the novella category of The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes.The Pre-War House and Other Stories

Born in Manchester in , Alison Moore lives House and PDF/EPUB è next but one to a sheep field in a village on the Leicestershire Nottinghamshire border, with her husband Dan and son ArthurShe is a member of Nottingham Writers Studio and an honorary lecturer in the School of English at Nottingham UniversityIn her novel The Lighthouse, the unsettling tale of a middle aged man who embarks on a contemplative German walking holiday after the break up of his marriage only to find himselfalienated than ever, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Pre-War House and Other Stories
  • Alison Moore
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 1907773509

10 thoughts on “The Pre-War House and Other Stories

  1. says:

    Some people can dip in and out of short story collections over a long period of time, rationing them, so that each re encounter with the author s themes and techniques feels fresh I can t do this I am too obsessive about needing to either complete or abandon books, and have too much of a need to catalogue everything I consume The only exception might be a huge anthology with multiple authors otherwise, when I start reading a book of short stories, I read the whole book, usually pretty quickl Some people can dip in and out of short story collections over a long period of time, rationing them, so that each re encounter with the author s themes and techniques feels fresh I can t do this I am too obsessive about needing to either complete or abandon books, and have too much of a need to catalogue everything I consume The only exception might be a huge anthology with multiple authors otherwise, when I start reading a book of short stories, I read the whole book, usually pretty quickly.The problem with my approach, of course, is that ingesting so many stories so swiftly can make recurrent topics, moods and motifs seem overused and tedious While not a huge tome, The Pre War House is a comprehensive collection of Alison Moore s short fiction, containing 24 stories Many of them are concerned with the banal inevitabilities of family life husbands and wives becoming bored of one another, or cheating parents not understanding their children, and children not understanding their parents the sombre reality of reckoning with old age and quietly making it through grief I found after a while that this litany of bleak domestic scenes was starting to become worn out, samey, making the stories seem to merge together, and some of them slipped out of my memory almost instantly Yet I love Moore s writing, and adored her brilliant novel Death and the Seaside indeed, her grasp on the mundane, and the strangeness always lurking within it, was one of my favourite things about that book But with so much of the same thing and less space to establish characters, motivations or atmosphere in The Pre War House, I longed for a bit of macabre glee, something to give it a jump start I don t think I read this book in the right way, really, and it s made me think that next time I read a short story collection, I will take itslowly and try to leave myself some room to digest each one before starting the next.I did like the opening story, the arresting When the Door Closed, It Was Dark it s tense, claustrophobic and horribly frustrating, putting you in the shoes of an au pair working for a taciturn but oppressive family My two joint favourites were Overnight Stop , which sees a newlywed woman, en route to her honeymoon, trapped in a hotel with an acquaintance she s desperate to avoid, and Small Animals , about a couple of friends who call on a woman and her difficult daughter and are drawn into a rather terrifying scene.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  2. says:

    This collection of 24 short stories showcases Alison Moore s talent for writing understated yet atmospheric narratives with bleak undertones of foreboding on every page Unlocked doors and empty rooms feature frequently with recurring themes of domestic tension and the yearning to escape the past.Moore is especially skilled in crafting the perfect image to evoke the fragility and poignancy of life, as in this excerpt from the title story In the front garden, in the narrow beds, the flowers whic This collection of 24 short stories showcases Alison Moore s talent for writing understated yet atmospheric narratives with bleak undertones of foreboding on every page Unlocked doors and empty rooms feature frequently with recurring themes of domestic tension and the yearning to escape the past.Moore is especially skilled in crafting the perfect image to evoke the fragility and poignancy of life, as in this excerpt from the title story In the front garden, in the narrow beds, the flowers which emerged in what felt like the first days of spring lie buried beneath the late snow, their opening buds like small mouths gaping in shock, their stems broken

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here view spoiler Bettie s BooksThe rating, any status updates, and those bookshelves, indicate my feelings for this book hide spoiler view spoiler Bettie s BooksThe rating, any status updates, and those bookshelves, indicate my feelings for this book hide spoiler

  4. says:

    After falling in love with The Lighthouse I had to get my hands on this.I am really enjoying it.I love how again the author does not use 1 word that is not needed.When you finish a story you feel like you were gifted the whole, completely.With nothing less and nothingjust added on for the sake of it.You hold the core in your hands.I love her twist and yet untwist endings I am so looking forward toby this writer Finished the collection now loved it

  5. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra Tales from Man Booker nominated author Alison Moore s debut collection of short stories, read by Ruth Gemmell.

  6. says:

    These days I readshort stories than I used to but generally I prefer short stories written by that generation of women writers that wrote at a time when short stories were ratherfashionable Dating from between the 1930 s and the 1960 s probably, writers like Elizabeth Taylor, Mollie Panter Downes and Dorothy Whipple are wonderful examples of the kind of short story writing I like I often find modern short stories leave me a little cold, they sometimes try to be just a bit too cle These days I readshort stories than I used to but generally I prefer short stories written by that generation of women writers that wrote at a time when short stories were ratherfashionable Dating from between the 1930 s and the 1960 s probably, writers like Elizabeth Taylor, Mollie Panter Downes and Dorothy Whipple are wonderful examples of the kind of short story writing I like I often find modern short stories leave me a little cold, they sometimes try to be just a bit too clever, there s almost always a twist that I can t help but start looking for while still on the second paragraph, and they re often so very short, they don t even last the time it takes to drink a cup of tea.I read and loved Alison Moore s The Lighthouse last year, and so I knew that I really wanted to read this collection when it came out I was therefore delighted to win a copy of it from AlexinLeeds in her giveaway This collection was put together with stories that had been previously published in various journals and anthologies, along with three stories that are original to this collection, and I assume written for it Halfway up the iron staircase, she pauses She stands still, her arms aching, nausea swelling in her stomach She listens to the distant buzz of life, the sounds coming from the market and the factory a noisy, windowless box of a building in which Uncle works on a production line She had often wondered what it would be like to spend so much of your life like that, without daylight, without sunshine, without fresh air The collection opens with the rather chilling, and very memorable When the Door Closed, it was Dark, about a young woman, working as an au pair in a foreign country, trapped and bullied by her employers who take her passport and her money Many of the stories that follow have similarly dark themes A newly wed setting off on her honeymoon, encounters a slimy manipulative man who knows her darkest secret, in the airport hotel following the delay of her flight Secrets between a father and his daughter, and between her and her mother punctuate a family s history, a devoted husband rummages in the kitchen drawer of his dying wife, unearthing, old recipes, and ancient letters In one of my favourite stories Small Animals a woman takes her psychologist friend to visit a woman, whose young daughter may have been displaying some odd behaviour The final story The Pre War House the longest in the collection was another one I particularly liked, telling the dark story of a family and their house This house was brand new said my Grandmother, When I was a child, in the 1930 s, before the war The garden was nothing but mud from one end to the other My father laid the brick path down to the end wall, marked out the vegetable patch, and grassed the rest of it over Little about the house had been changed since then We were sitting on the same pre war three piece suite, with pre war family photographs arranged on the pre war furniture and pre war pictures hanging on the high walls Pre war curtains kept the sunlight off the pre war wallpaper and the pre war carpets, and pre war clock ticked in the hallway There is dark psychological bent to these stories, happy endings having read The Lighthouse I was unsurprised to find are not something to expect from Alison Moore Themes of people trapped, betrayed, keeping secrets and suffering loss are deftly explored Moore writing is beautifully spare not a word wasted, she is a gifted writer, with a wonderful eye for detail One or two stories were rather too short for my liking and I did find that Alison Moore does do that twist thing in her short stories it s certainly not something I dislike necessarily, though the reader can start to anticipate how things might pan out Over on Goodreads I gave this book three stars that always looks bad but I don t think it is, and for me this collection wasof a three and a half stars anyway just not quite four I m looking forward already to Alison Moore s next book I sort of hope it s a novel though

  7. says:

    A great collection of stories Each one was unsettling and some were slightly sinister They left you feeling unsettled and disturbed I loved it.

  8. says:

    Most of the stories ended ugly and abruptly and were filled with grief or horror or both None of these will make you feel good, which is ok.

  9. says:

    This is a great debut collection from Alison Moore and it is easily understood why many have been shortlisted for different awards They are thought provoking for the reader with conclusions not always crystal clear, but, left to the reader to draw from the well described inferences provided Cleverly compiled and many dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up and from a feminine perspective These are written by an author who has been around the block and lived a bit I would fin This is a great debut collection from Alison Moore and it is easily understood why many have been shortlisted for different awards They are thought provoking for the reader with conclusions not always crystal clear, but, left to the reader to draw from the well described inferences provided Cleverly compiled and many dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up and from a feminine perspective These are written by an author who has been around the block and lived a bit I would find it worrying if they are all from her personal experience, if not a bit harrowing Well written Concise Modern themes from modern day to day life Insightful, enjoyable Highly recommended A talented author I must get The Lighthouse , her highly rated novel, next.Other professional reviews

  10. says:

    A badly mixed selection Whereas the titular story and others like Jetsam and Helicopter Jean are beyond amazing and could be classed as definitive examples of how a short story should be written, there are others here which aremediocre or even, in a couple of cases, below par, plus some ho hum genre stories which really don t belong in this collection Most of the material here has been previously published in magazines, and it should have been left that way until the author had enoug A badly mixed selection Whereas the titular story and others like Jetsam and Helicopter Jean are beyond amazing and could be classed as definitive examples of how a short story should be written, there are others here which aremediocre or even, in a couple of cases, below par, plus some ho hum genre stories which really don t belong in this collection Most of the material here has been previously published in magazines, and it should have been left that way until the author had enough of her, frankly, stunning material available to make the collection she should have published I m being a bit harsh here, I know, but it s galling to see such genius work being diluted with pot boiler stories

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