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    • ISBN:9781473631823
    • Publication date:19 May 2016

Blind Water Pass

A John Murray Original

By Anna Metcalfe

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A debut collection of stories from a young, hotly-tipped British writer

Anna Metcalfe's stories are about communication and miscommunication - between characters and across cultures. Whether about a blithely entitled English teacher in a poor Beijing school, an immigrant female taxi driver in Paris, or a young Chinese girl spouting made-up Confucian phrases to please tourists, the stories examine the assumptions we make about other people, and about ourselves.

Blind Water Pass is an auspicious debut by a superb young writer.

Biographical Notes

Anna Metcalfe was born in Germany in 1987 before growing up in Fife, and later, Lincolnshire. She has a creative writing MA from UEA, and was one of the finalists of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 for her story 'Number Three'.

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  • ISBN: 9781473631816
  • Publication date: 19 May 2016
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: JM Originals
[There is] a patience to Metcalfe's narration, a stillness that allows space for reflection — Times Literary Supplement
Themes of displacement, isolation and failed communication run through these arresting stories — Lady
Demonstrate[s] a grasp of storytelling, language and emotional economy beyond the expectations of any debut author — Observer
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