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Life Without Children: Stories

by Roddy Doyle

Hardback £14.99
Published 7th October 2021, 192 pages
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***A GUARDIAN BOOK TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS AUTUMN***

A brilliantly warm, witty and moving portrait of our pandemic lives, told in ten heart-rending short stories

Love and marriage. Children and family. Death and grief. Life touches everyone the same. But living under lockdown, it changes us alone.

In these ten, beautifully moving short stories mostly written over the last year, Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle paints a collective portrait of our strange times. A man abroad wanders the stag-and-hen-strewn streets of Newcastle, as news of the virus at home asks him to question his next move. An exhausted nurse struggles to let go, having lost a much-loved patient in isolation. A middle-aged son, barred from his mother’s funeral, wakes to an oncoming hangover of regret.

Told with Doyle’s signature warmth, wit and extraordinary eye for the richness that underpins the quiet of our lives, Life Without Children cuts to the heart of how we are all navigating loss, loneliness, and the shifting of history underneath our feet.

‘Roddy Doyle is an absolute genius’ J.K. Rowling

‘The undisputed laureate of ordinary lives’ The Times

Details

Life Without Children: Stories
by Roddy Doyle

ISBN
9781787333574

Publisher
Vintage Publishing

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Oct. 7, 2021

Dimensions
22.2cm x 14.4cm x 2.2cm

Page count
192 pages