No More Angels: Stories

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Serpent's Tail, 2007 - Fiction - 207 pages
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From Ancient Greece, via contemporary Britain, into the future, from childhood to old age and beyond, the stories in No More Angels capture the idiosyncrasies of modern life. A train ticket seller livens up his day by telling Lockerbie victims? relatives that his surname is Lockerbie. A widower struggles to keep his family on the tracks after the death of his young wife, becoming obsessive about order and routine to the point of madness. A schoolboy counts down the days, hours and minutes to a friend?s party, all too conscious of the realities of the popularity game. A house tour is conducted with the unspoken stench of parenticide hanging in the air. Comic, tragic and sometimes both, Butlin explores individual lives with a lightness of touch that cuts right to the heart. A dramatic follow up to Butlin?s acclaimed Belonging, No More Angels is a captivating celebration of human frailty.

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Before taking up writing full-time Ron Butlin was, at various times, a lyricist with a pop band, a barnacle scraper on Thames barges, a footman attending embassies and country houses, and a male model. His works include the novels The Sound of My Voice, Night Visits and most recently Belonging; two collections of stories, Vivaldi and the Number 3 and The Tilting Room, and six books of poetry. His fiction and poetry have been translated into over ten languages.

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