One of the books I had hoped to have finished, until all started to go wrong with my laptop was, and pop my thoughts on in conjuncture with this post was ‘The Beautiful Indifference’ by Sarah Hall which is a collection of short stories I have been dipping in and out of. They have been the perfect bit sized reads whilst there has been computer chaos around me as while something tales a few hours to download I have immersed myself in the tales.
I read Sarah’s novel ‘How To Paint A Dead Man’ when it was listed for the Man Booker, but any review I write didn’t do it justice so it never appeared on here sadly, I think she is an incredible writer (and lovely in the flesh as I met her a few weeks ago) and so far this collection is only boosting my opinion of her further. I have been meaning to pick up one of her other novels for ages, and then this arrived and so I decide to give it a whirl instead. My small review of it would be ‘gritty but beautiful’ at the moment.
I am only half way through (I promise to report back on it when I have finished) but I can tell you know, unless something goes horribly wrong which I doubt, this is quite a masterful collection of short stories. I therefore thought you might like a copy and so it’s become today’s give away for two of you. All you need to do is tell me your favourite short story, or short story collection you have read in 2011 and why? You have until 11am December the 16th. Good luck.