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Perfect Lives Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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"A life-enhancing treat of a book...stories strung together cleverly into a novel." - Esther Freud, Books of the Year. --The Daily Telegraph
"This is a masterly book. . . .Polly Samson loves these people, describing them with incisive wit and generous compassion." --The Financial Times
"Perfect Lives confirms Samson's reputation as a significant chronicler of contemporary life." --The Observer
"With her effortless prose and unflinching eye, Samson dips beneath the surface of apparently contented, even blessed lives, and the result is compelling, disturbing and moving." --Maggie O'Farrell
** 'An unexpected combination of romp and classical: thought-provoking, sassy and comforting―Ali Smith ** 'With her effortless prose and unflinching eye, Samson dips beneath the surface of apparently contented, even blessed lives and the result is compelling, disturbing and moving?
This is a masterly book and it's impossible not to start all over again the minute you finish reading it. More than simply a series of exquisitely crafted miniatures, it encompasses many of the larger delights of a full-length novel. Polly Samson loves these people, describing them with incisive wit and generous compassion.―Sue Gainsford, FT
Samson's interlinked stories reveal turbulent emotional truths ... Samson's tone is pitch perfect, as bracing and invigorating as her seaside setting.―Marie Claire
Maggie O'Farrell ** 'These intertwined, silken stories deftly expose the heart-sickness behind so many of the burnished surfaces of contemporary life―John Banville
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I was born in London in 1962 but by the age of eight it was clear I'd be a happier child if we lived in the countryside. Luckily my parents shared this view and we moved to the middle of nowhere. Since then I have worked in publishing and as a journalist and I have written lyrics (for Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, The Endless River and David Gilmour's On An Island). Apart from obvious things like meeting my husband and the births of my children the highlights of my life so far have been winning a Blue Peter badge, playing the piano on the Jools Holland TV show and hearing my stories being read on the BBC. I am currently working on lyrics for a new David Gilmour solo project.
Top Customer Reviews
Am loving it more as I re-read and relish these brilliant, interwoven stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
collection of short stories that keeps you reading page after page. She just released her new book "The Kindness" which is also great!Published 10 months ago by type4me
This book is a lovely bittersweet tapestry. I'm relishing it on a nice relaxing weekend. So far it's a wonderful engaging read. Well done, Ms. Samson.Published 19 months ago by Victoria