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Patricia Duncker is the author of Hallucinating Foucault (winner of the Dillons First Fiction Award and the McKitterick Prize in 1996), The Deadly Space Between, James Miranda Barry and Miss Webster and Chérif (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2007). She has written two books of short fiction, Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (shortlisted for the Macmillan Silver Pen Award in 1997) and Seven Tales of Sex and Death, and a collection of essays on writing and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall. In 2010 she published The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge (shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2010 and the Green Carnation Prize 2011). Her most recent novel, the critically acclaimed Sophie and The Sibyl: A Victorian Romance was also shortlisted for the Green Carnation Award 2015 and is available in paperback from Bloomsbury, April 2016.


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In paperback April 2016

 

 

 


Out Now

seven-talesA new Bloomsbury paperback edition of the provocative and entertaining collection of dark tales – Seven Tales of Sex and Death.

‘Duncker is a mistress of suspense’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Dark, subversive … You will be left reeling’ Observer

‘This collection of stories confirms Patricia Duncker as one of Britain’s leading fiction writers … She explores areas of our psyches that we all recognise but mostly choose to ignore. She should be required reading’ Financial Times

Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwoven stories explore obsession, violence, and the thin line between sex and death. Under a Mediterranean sun a man searches for the Temple of Zeus as his wife awaits her stalker; a sex worker at an illegal fetish club contemplates her options; a strike spirals out of control with eerie consequences; and a conflict with noisy neighbours reaches theatrical heights.

Driven by lust, greed and revenge, chillingly calm or maddened by rage, Patricia Duncker’s characters use every tool at their disposal to get what they want. Unapologetically disturbing and provocative like the B movies that inspired them, Seven Tales of Sex and Death holds up a mirror to humanity at its most flawed, ruthless and seductive.·

‘A wonderfully engaging and rewarding collection, shot through with wit and perversity’ Michael Arditti, Independent

‘A febrile, fascinating, disquieting read. It asserts itself for what it is: serious stuff, to be read in one gulp and then mulled over for days’ Maggie O’Farrell

‘Confident and bewitching … Duncker is forging her own brand of fiction, a sort of gender-bending, intellectually exuberant English-French hybrid’ Joanna Briscoe, Guardian

‘Patricia Duncker writes beautifully with a flamboyant immediacy’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Dark and salacious … They capture brilliantly the moment in everyday situations where our minds cease to occupy reality and shift into the fantasy projections of our fervently active imaginations’ The Times


Literary Festival

littfeteBILINGUAL LITTFÊTE

24-26 June 2016 St Clémentin, France

Patricia will be appearing as keynote speaker at the bilingual literary festival in the west of France.

Visit the festival website


Sophie and the Sibyl

sophie-detailNews and reviews of Patricia's latest novel

Suzi Feay talks about Sophie and the Sibyl on BBC Open Book (available online for a limited time)

Rachel Cooke's Summer Reading Choice in The Observer

Book review in The Guardian

Book review in The Herald Scotland

Feature and interview in The Skinny

Book review in The Daily Mail

Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, book of a lifetime (article in The Independent)

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking interview (available to listen online)

Interview on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour (listen on iplayer)

Interview in The Telegraph

Book review in The Independent

Book review in Literary Review

Feature in New Statesman (The nourishing blood of the novelist)

Book review in The New York Times

Book review in The New Indian Express

Femina Magazine, India (book extract)

Book review in The Observer

Book review from the Kate MacDonald blog

Book review from the Random Jottings blog

also...review in The Tablet (subscribers only), review in The Sunday Times (subscribers)


 

 


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