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Cockfosters by Helen Simpson


  • Hardcover $24.00

    Jun 06, 2017 | 192 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Jun 06, 2017 | 192 Pages

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Extraordinary acclaim for Helen Simpson’s
“Wonderful . . . Her sixth collection continues to delight with her pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and delicate handling of weighty subtexts . . . A vital (and pleasurable) voice.”
—Melanie White, The Independent on Sunday
“Sad, funny, and true . . . if Simpson were an American short story writer, she’d be hailed as a genius.”
—Max Liu, The Independent
“Exquisitely tender . . . A breakthrough collection.”
—Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times
“Elegant fable-like pieces about the nitty-gritty of middle-class family life . . . Truthful, funny and sharp . . . Elegant, sane, and—while remaining firmly rooted in ordinary life—gently ground-breaking.”
—Theo Tait, The Sunday Times
“Remarkable . . . Humour is never far from the surface . . . Joy and its flipside, pain, are frequently glimpsed together . . . Simpson has a fine ear for the cadence of everyday speech and for the truths that may lie behind the most mundane of expressions.”
—Emily Rhodes, The Times Literary Supplement
“Simpson has assembled a body of work over the course of a quarter century that delivers one of literature’s richest accounts of the post-war lives of girls and women.”
—Sarah Crown, The Guardian
“Witty, hilarious and deeply discomfiting.”
—Neel Mukherjee, The Spectator
“A virtuoso of the short story . . . Simpon’s stories are little miracles that cut straight to the heart of the matter without ever losing their mystery . . . Tenderly measured and entirely human. It’s this tightrope balance between our outer lives and inner expanses that continues to make her writing sing.”
—Justine Jordan, The Guardian

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