The Man in the Shed: Selected Stories

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Text Publishing, May 16, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The Man in the Shed is a haunting collection of stories about family and longing, from the author of the multi-award-winning Mister Pip.

A boy watches his mother hooked and reeled ashore by a fisherman. A couple give up their seats on a bus for lovers soon to be parted. A husband enters a world imagined by his wife and pretends to be the man she loves.

Lloyd Jones's extraordinary tales take conventional family life and tilt it sideways, delivering a memorable blend of the suburban and the surreal.

'Jones takes huge risks in this collection. But each piece crackles with originality, startling images and lucidity….it's what Jones leaves out that takes root in the mind, stays there and reveals even deeper subtleties on rereading.' Listener


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I bought this book because I LOVED Lloyd Jones's Mister Pip and I was eager to read his short stories. His terse and economic style comes through here. There is some humour and some powerful ... Read full review

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These short stories are set in NZ and Australia. Some have just enough information to keep you guessing and wondering about the outcome. Read full review


the man in the shed
the thing that distresses me the most
the simpsons in russia
where the harleys live
still lives
broken machinery
what we normally do on a sunday
going to war for mrs austen
swimming to australia
whos that dancing with my mother?

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Award-winning novelist Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt in New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University. He has worked as a journalist and covered Papua New Guinea's blockade of Bougainville during the 1990s, which formed the setting for his bestselling Mister Pip. Jones has received awards including the Katherine Mansfield Memorial fellowship (1988), the Deutz Medal for Fiction, the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize (2003) and the Montana New Zealand Book Award (2001). In 2007, Jones won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Mister Pip, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and in 2008 he received the New Zealand Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. His latest book is Hand Me Down World.

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