Lying in Bed by Polly Samson

Lying in Bed

Polly Samson

I loved this collection of short stories; the ideas were original and expertly crafted. Whilst some short stories seem to fade into nothingness all of these held a memorable message for me. As soon as I began reading the first story I realised that there was something special about this book.

Extract

You always look like Caesar in the bath. Vast and powerful, your shoulders hugged by the enamel rolled top. They are brown and speckled like a hen's egg. I look at you from my end, water up to my chin, and wonder at you. You are the most beautiful man I have ever seen, I think, but that's not what I tell you. Instead I say, 'Lets have a game of cards.'

Parallels
  • Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali
  • Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchan
  • The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver

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