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Dinosaurs on Other Planets

By Danielle McLaughlin

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A debut collection of stories from hot new Irish talent, Danielle McLaughlin

'An exquisite collection from an exciting new voice in short fiction' Lady

A woman battles bluebottles as she plots an ill-judged encounter with a stranger; a young husband commutes a treacherous route to his job in the city, fearful for the wife and small daughter he has left behind; a mother struggles to understand her nine-year-old son's obsession with dead birds and the apocalypse.

In Danielle McLaughlin's stories, the world is both beautiful and alien. Men and women negotiate their surroundings as a tourist might navigate a distant country: watchfully, with a mixture of wonder and apprehension. Here are characters living lives in translation, ever at the mercy of distortions and misunderstandings, striving to make sense both of the spaces they inhabit and of the people they share them with.

Biographical Notes

Danielle McLaughlin's stories have appeared in publications including the New Yorker, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Times, as well as various anthologies. She has won the Willesden Short Story Prize, the Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy and the Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition. Dinosaurs on Other Planets is her first collection.

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  • ISBN: 9781473613720
  • Publication date: 09 Feb 2017
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: John Murray
This is not a debut in the usual sense; a promise of greater things to come. There is no need to ask what Danielle McLaughlin will do next, she has done it already. This book has arrived. I think it will stay with us for a long time — Anne Enright
Full of such arresting, resonant and precise writing . . . an impressive achievement — Financial Times
Taut with words unsaid and fights unhad, and the endings are all that endings should be — Sara Taylor, Metro
Fans of short story books will definitely relish this one — Bookbag
McLaughlin has a flair for making her stories crystallise around a striking image — Sunday Times
An exquisite collection from an exciting new voice in short fiction — Lady
McLaughlin is yet another fantastic new addition to Ireland's burgeoning literary establishment — Big Issue
Her near-faultless debut collection . . . deals primarily with psychological alienation, and the desolate upheaval of humans in crisis — Guardian
[McLaughlin] writes with a meditative intensity which gives her subject matter (domestic friction and failing affections) a certain gravitas — The Spectator
A quietly explosive collection — Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times
This is not a debut in the usual sense; a promise of greater things to come. There is no need to ask what Danielle McLaughlin will do next, she has done it already. This book has arrived. I think it will stay with us for a long time
Full of such arresting, resonant and precise writing . . . an impressive achievement
Taut with words unsaid and fights unhad, and the endings are all that endings should be
Fans of short story books will definitely relish this one
McLaughlin has a flair for making her stories crystallise around a striking image
An exquisite collection from an exciting new voice in short fiction
McLaughlin is yet another fantastic new addition to Ireland's burgeoning literary establishment
Her near-faultless debut collection . . . deals primarily with psychological alienation, and the desolate upheaval of humans in crisis
[McLaughlin] writes with a meditative intensity which gives her subject matter (domestic friction and failing affections) a certain gravitas
A quietly explosive collection
John Murray

The Chalk Sculpture

Danielle McLaughlin
Authors:
Danielle McLaughlin
Two Roads

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Eleanor O’Reilly
Authors:
Eleanor O’Reilly

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Sceptre

When All is Said

Anne Griffin
Authors:
Anne Griffin

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Hodder & Stoughton

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Various
Authors:
Various
Coronet

A Keeper

Graham Norton
Authors:
Graham Norton

'Magnificent.. his writing is evocative and perfect. His grasp of human loneliness and longing is beautiful and comforting.' MARIAN KEYES'I raved about Holding two years ago ... A Keeper is even better. A powerful, very sad story, beautiful writing, two time frames that are perfectly balanced. Outstanding. Will easily be one of my books of 2018.' JOHN BOYNEFrom the bestselling author of Holding comes a masterly tale of secrets and ill-fated loves set on the coast of Ireland.Dear Lonely Leinster Lady, I'm not really sure how to begin . . .The truth drifts out to sea, riding the waves out of sight. And then the tide turns.Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother's death, intent only on wrapping up that dismal part of her life. There is nothing here for her; she wonders if there ever was. The house of her childhood is stuffed full of useless things, her mother's presence already fading. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light. 40 years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet but for the tireless wind that circles her as she hurries further into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.This compelling new novel confirms Graham Norton's status as a fresh, literary voice, bringing his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws.* * *Praise for Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards' Book of the Year 2016'Poised and perceptive' Sunday Times'... a deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling' Sunday Mirror'Deeply accomplished ... brilliantly observed' Good Housekeeping'... one of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years ... in such an understated manner, eschewing linguistic eccentricity ... in favour of genuine characters and tender feeling ... this is a fine novel' John Boyne, Irish Times'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad' Daily Express'Strenuously charming ... surprisingly tender' Metro 'Heartwarming and observant' Stylist

Hodder & Stoughton

Flight or Fright

Stephen King, Bev Vincent, Michael Lewis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, E.C. Tubb, Tom Bissell, Dan Simmons, Cody Goodfellow, John Varley, Joe Hill, David J. Schow, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Peter Treemayne, James L. Dickey
Authors:
Stephen King, Bev Vincent, Michael Lewis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, E.C. Tubb, Tom Bissell, Dan Simmons, Cody Goodfellow, John Varley, Joe Hill, David J. Schow, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Peter Treemayne, James L. Dickey

Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new collection, perfect for airport or aeroplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, and brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.Stephen King hates to fly.Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like - gulp! - a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."Book a flight for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.Table of Contents:Introduction by Stephen KingCargo by E. Michael LewisThe Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleNightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard MathesonThe Flying Machine by Ambrose BierceLucifer! by E.C. TubbThe Fifth Category by Tom BissellTwo Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan SimmonsDiablitos by Cody GoodfellowAir Raid by John VarleyYou Are Released by Joe HillWarbirds by David J. SchowThe Flying Machine by Ray BradburyZombies on a Plane by Bev VincentThey Shall Not Grow Old by Roald DahlMurder in the Air by Peter TremayneThe Turbulence Expert by Stephen KingFalling by James L. DickeyAfterword by Bev Vincent

Two Roads

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

Jen Campbell
Authors:
Jen Campbell
John Murray

Rockadoon Shore

Rory Gleeson
Authors:
Rory Gleeson
Sceptre

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Carys Bray, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Bernardine Evaristo, Grace McCleen, Donal Ryan, Nikesh Shukla, D.W. Wilson
Authors:
Carys Bray, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Bernardine Evaristo, Grace McCleen, Donal Ryan, Nikesh Shukla, D.W. Wilson

'Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.' Zelda FitzgeraldLove is not a singular concept. In this collection, seven award-winning authors explore seven concepts of love: from Philautia, self-love, to Agape, love for humanity; and from Storge, a natural affection for family, to Mania, a frenzied, obsessive love. Seven authors; seven short stories; seven flashes of love. The publication of How Much the Heart Can Hold is heralded by a Sceptre short story competition. The winning story, based on a concept of love, will be published in the paperback edition.

Mulholland Books

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Patrick Millikin
Authors:
Patrick Millikin
Hodder Paperbacks

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Stephen King
Authors:
Stephen King

The short story OBITS won the 2016 Edgar for best short story.The No.1 bestselling author delivers an 'outstanding' (USA Today) collection of thrilling stories, introducing each one with a fascinating piece on when, where or how he came to write it.There is a treasure here for every reader: a man who keeps reliving exactly the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again; a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries; a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. And, exclusive to this paperback edition (and the eBook from 6 September), a brand new story 'Cookie Jar'.'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.'TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMSIntroduction Mile 81 Premium Harmony Batman and Robin Have an Altercation The Dune Bad Little Kid A Death The Bone Church Morality Afterlife Ur Herman Wouk Is Still Alive Under the Weather Blockade Billy Mister Yummy Tommy The Little Green God of AgonyCookie Jar That Bus Is Another World Obits Drunken Fireworks Summer Thunder

JM Originals

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Authors:
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JM Originals

Blind Water Pass

Anna Metcalfe
Authors:
Anna Metcalfe

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Two Roads

The Juliet Stories

Carrie Snyder
Authors:
Carrie Snyder

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Hodder & Stoughton

The Undertaker's Dozen

David Forrest
Authors:
David Forrest

Terror can have such simple beginnings -- a child's letterto Father Christmas...a pretty girl glimpsed in a Londonstreet...a trip down the Brighton Road...a night spent in an empty mansion for a bet?And the consequences can be fearsome, as the unsleepingdead walk again, as strange emotions stir inanimate things to murderous life, as horrors beyond our imagining cross thethreshold into our world; can anyone be sure that all is as itseems. After you read these thirteen tales of terror, can you?

JM Originals

An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It

Jessie Greengrass
Authors:
Jessie Greengrass

WINNER OF THE EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE 2016SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES/PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016'Greengrass is undoubtedly that rare thing, a genuinely new and assured voice in prose. Her work is precise, properly moving, quirky and heartfelt' A. L. KennedyThe twelve stories in this startling collection range over centuries and across the world.There are stories about those who are lonely, or estranged, or out of time. There are hauntings, both literal and metaphorical; and acts of cruelty and neglect but also of penance.Some stories concern themselves with the present, and the mundane circumstances in which people find themselves: a woman who feels stuck in her life imagines herself in different jobs - as a lighthouse keeper in Wales, or as a guard against polar bears in a research station in the Arctic.Some stories concern themselves with the past: a sixteenth-century alchemist and doctor, whose arrogance blinds him to people's dissatisfaction with their lives until he experiences it himself.Finally, in the title story, a sailor gives his account - violent, occasionally funny and certainly tragic - of the decline of the Great Auk.

Mulholland Books

Sweet Nothing

Richard Lange
Authors:
Richard Lange

Every life is uncertain. Every choice is a danger. Set on the dark side of Los Angeles, this is a masterful collection of edge-of-your-seat tales: a prison guard must protect an inmate being tried for heinous crimes. A father and son set out to rescue a young couple trapped during a wildfire after they cross the border. An ex-con trying to make good as a security guard stumbles onto a burglary plot. A young father must submit to blackmail to protect the fragile life he's built.Sweet Nothing is an intense and gripping journey through real lives with big problems, from one of America's great short story writers.

John Murray

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Edith Pearlman
Authors:
Edith Pearlman

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Sceptre

britpulp!

Tony White
Authors:
Tony White
Two Roads

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Bret Anthony Johnston
Authors:
Bret Anthony Johnston