Leslie Norris' stories are among the hidden treasures of modern short story writing. His fiction is one of epiphany and celebration; it charts the personal discoveries, small and large, which shape the growth of character and the intimate relationships between people. It also explores how nature impinges on the human world. Indeed, in Norris' world objects are almost as important as people, they are richly described catalysts of human action and changed directions. Place and nature - hills, lakes, rivers, towns, animals - have the same weight as the characters who act out their lives against the background of a huge universe. These are stories set in a recognisable world which can slip into the visionary.
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Standing in the shadow of a clump of stubby hawthorn, or almost hidden in
bracken waist-high to a man, I would watch the hills for the lurchers — long, slim
as stems, powerful, coursing and turning the blue hares of the mountain. I stood
They would have been the old, rough-coated greyhounds, exactly the lurchers I'
ve studied for so long, since the brindle colour did not exist in smooth-haired
greyhounds until Lord Orford, in the eighteenth century, introduced a bulldog
cross in ...
my lurcher takes me into the most rarefied social circles; she becomes a sporting
dog rather than the companion of gypsies, thieves, and tramps. Retired colonels
write books about them, they are to be seen with rich racehorse owners and ...
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COLLECTED STORIESUser Review - Kirkus
Collected Stories ($19.95 paperback original; Sept. 1996; 260 pp.; 1-85411-133-7): An omnibus volume that gathers the contents of Welsh storyteller Norris's previous volumes, The Girl from Cardigan ... Read full review
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