PRAISE FOR JONATHAN DODDS' STORIES...
“A superb depiction of rural life and relationships, with an astonishing sense of place.”
(Joanne Harris, author, about A Spell in Winter)
“Beautifully written – a very engaging piece of writing”
(Joanne Reardon, BBC Radio Drama, on Second Wind)
“Fantastically heady stuff - provocative and confrontational. An exceptionally well-written story, with tremendous energy at its heart – I enjoyed it very much. The writing is effortless – or seems effortless to the reader - yet utterly compelling.”
(Jeremy Sheldon, The Literary Consultancy, on The Bibliophiles)
“A fine, moving story”
(Joy Hendry, Editor, Chapman magazine, about The First Touch)
“What an eye for landscape, and for the day-to-day minutiae of farming life...”
(Judging Panel, Real Writers Short Story Awards).
The short stories in this assured first collection range in place and time – from a young man's uncertain return to the English countryside of his childhood at the end of the First World War (In the Merry Month of May), to a contemporary London pub meeting about the recovery of a debt (Getting It Sorted); from the world of knocker-boys and antiques runners in eighties Brighton (The Bibliophiles), to a Scottish farmer's romantic decision during a day's hedging (The Hechle).
What they have in common is the same assured mastery of language and of ordinary speech, and the same powerful evocation of place and time. These are also narratives which deftly explore the hidden intricacies of the human heart: tales of unconventional love and illicit love, tales of uxorious love and infidelity, of love triangles, and of long-lost love.
And all the stories gathered here share a common sensibility, too; one which seeks to uncover the profound within the minutiae of everyday life and work, and which reveals with insight and compassion the tightrope we all walk between the debilitating threat of loss and the hope which sustains us...
CRITICAL RESPONSES TO THE AUTHOR'S WRITING...
"Trouble has some really sensitive, insightful things to say about modern relationships." (Helen Garnons-Williams, editor of Belle de Jour and Editorial Director for Fiction at Bloomsbury)
"I loved this smart, sexy, frank and grown-up novel." (Kerri Sharp, Senior Commissioning Editor, Simon and Schuster)
“Elegant and confident writing.” (Victoria Hobbs, A M Heath)
"Trouble is very very accomplished. The trajectory of Richard and Mina’s affair is charted very believably." (Andrew Gordon, David Higham Associates)