Why Don't You Stop Talking

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Picador, 2003 - Scotland - 239 pages
2 Reviews

Following on from her award-winning first novel, Trumpet, comes a collection of superlative stories.

In true Kay style, these small masterpieces cover a great deal of emotional and narrative terrain, from an immaculate observation of the female physiognomy to the bewilderment of the elderly; from silent hidden love to a lifetime reminiscence of an immigrant's England. Warm and tender, frightening and funny, these stories confirm the arrival of a major storyteller.

'A stunner. I am heartbroken to have finished it' Ali Smith

'The beauty of Kay's stories is in how much they continue to resonate long after finishing' TIME OUT

'These pieces contain - and ultimately liberate - definitively human ordinariness, a rigmarole of isolation and love, fidelity and betrayal, noise and silence, birth and death' GUARDIAN

'One of the liveliest talents of her generation' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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User Review  - kyuuketsukirui - LibraryThing

Oh wow. Just wow. I loved Trumpet and have been eager to read anything else by Jackie Kay since then and this is the first thing I've been able to get my hands on. It BLOWS TRUMPET AWAY. Seriously ... Read full review

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User Review  - wandering_star - LibraryThing

I liked some of these stories, but overall they were too samey. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh in 1961 and grew up in Glasgow. She has written all her life. Several of her adult poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for awards across the board. Her first novel Trumpet won the Author's Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her first novel for children, Strawgirl, a lyrical slice of magical realism, was a huge critical success. Jackie lives in Manchester with her son.

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