Not Singing Exactly
Women awake to all sorts of realisations in this collection: awareness of love, of deceit, of loss, of the passing of time – realisations which change their lives for ever.
Set against backgrounds which range from west Wales in the nineteen-twenties to Hampstead in the nineteen-seventies, these stories show the full range of Siân James’ subtle gifts as a storyteller. Full of compassion towards the ways of the heart, sharply aware of the lies we tell ourselves, she is never afraid to chart in full the highs and lows of human feeling.
Mrs James’ way is that of the gentle scalpel. There is an unexpected, elusive emotional truth which she has understood, and she has the talent and kindness to lay it bare” The Sunday Times
“She writes with grace, as to the manner born” Susan Hill
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