The worlds smallest unicorn, and other stories

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J. Cape, 1999 - Fiction - 223 pages
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An elederly woman, once an intrepid journalist, is paralysed with apprehension at the thought of meeting the daughter of her dearest friend. A budding writer is taken on as amanuensis by a famous woman novelist, with disasterous results. A would-be biographer visits a home for retired clowns. . . With her miraculously sharp eye for the telling detail, her nose for the smouldering behind the most staid suburban facades, Shena Mackay's stories combine the macabre and mundane to brilliant effect.

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

Rather a mixed bag of stories, ranging from acutely observed social realism with a sting to the downright bizarre. The pick of the bunch are probably the first two - The worlds smallest unicorn ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

The stories were good but felt rather incomplete. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944 and grew up in Kent and London, where she now lives. She left school at the age of 16 after winning a poetry competition in the "Daily Mirror" Her first book, published in 1964 but written when she was still a teenager, consists of two novellas, Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumburger" "and Toddler on the Run. Her first novel, Music Upstairs was published in 1965 and was followed by Old Crow (1967), An Advent Calendar (1971), Babies in Rhinestones (1983), A Bowl of Cherries (1984), Redhill Rococo (1986) -- winner of the Fawcett Prize -- Dreams of Dead Women' Handbag"s" (1987), the widely admired Dunedin (1992) and The Laughing Academy (1993). Both Dunedin and The Laughing Academy won Scottish Arts Council Book Awards. "T"he Orchard on Fire was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize and the McVities Prize. The Artist's Widow was published in 1998 and her latest book, The World's Smallest Unicorn, a collection of short stories, was published in 1999.
Shena regularly writes stories for the BBC and others, and reviews books and theatre for a variety of publications. She has been a Booker Prize judge and has also been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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