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Fen author Daisy Johnson

Magic still linger So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel A house might fall in love with a girl A woman might give birth to a – well wh. It is a debut collection by a loosely related short stories They are all set in the east part of England with its plains canals river estuaries and pylons distorting the horizontality of the place Miss Johnston s artistic treatment of the area her imagination transforms it into weary dark atmospheric setting This is the place were young girls are coming of age or becoming mothers without having the time to grow The border between people and animals are fluid as well And one cannot easily escape This sense of place is very strong feature of this collectionThe overwhelming feeling i had reading it as if i digested a bunch of psychedelic mushrooms which i actually never tried so cannot compare and going through a series of weird and often unpleasant dreams Her writing is very imaginative All her sentenc

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Daisy Johnson’s Fen is a liminal land Real people live their lives here They wrestle with familiar instincts with sex and desire with everyday routine But the w. Daisy Johnson s first novel Everything Under was one of the highlights of this year s Man Booker longlist so I was very keen to get hold of a copy of this collection of stories which is also very accomplished for such a young writerThis collection is slippery liminal and atmospheric blending fairytale elements with the lives of real people and an earthy sexuality The most impressive and fully formed story is The Scattering which is also the longest Its narrator is the younger sister of a warring pair of twins one of whom tells her stories that match others in this collection Like those this one also involves an element of shapeshifting The fens are a constant brooding backdrop and as in Everything Under the book is full of auatic imagery

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Ild is always close at hand ready to erupt This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse where curious metamorphoses take place where myth and dark. It is going to be very difficult to knock this off the spot of best book of the year for me I have always enjoyed books set around harsh landscapes am I the only person to find Wuthering Heights a cosy novel and that is part of what this book is set on the flat english Fenlands is It also appeals to the small townvillage girl in me The writing is beautiful and made the elements of magic injected into most of the stories completely plausible as well as being magical each was so human Reading this was a joy I had to stop reading to save some for the next evening My particular favourites were How to Fuck a Man You Don t Know and Language Each story I read I found myself cursing my imagination for not coming up with such simple and natural ideas for myself I perceive Language Starver A Bruise t


About the Author: Daisy Johnson

Shortisted for the Man Booker Prize for Everything Under her debut novel Daisy Johnson's début short story collection Fen was published by Jonathan Cape on the 2nd of June 2016 and by Graywolf in 2017She has been longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award and the New Angle Award for East Anglian writing She was the winner of the Edge Hill award for a collection of short stories and t



10 thoughts on “Fen author Daisy Johnson

  1. says:

    ‘’Remember about the albatrosses? We got one on our trail now I didn’t know what it was when I saw it It was too big to be anything real I keep thinking about them carrying dead sailors around them’’ I am ashamed

  2. says:

    A collection of short stories as a literary debut which are really difficult to classify but are impressive They are set in the fen

  3. says:

    Daisy Johnson's first novel Everything Under was one of the highlights of this year's Man Booker longlist so I was very keen to get hold of a copy of this collection of stories which is also very accomplished for such a young writerThis collection is slippery liminal and atmospheric blending fairytale elements with the lives of real people and an earthy sexuality The most impressive and fully formed story is

  4. says:

    I came to this book after reading Daisy Johnson’s wonderful Everything Under – a book I described alliteratively as a “literary novel of the liminal language leaving and legend longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize”Many r

  5. says:

    I read Fen on the back of the 2018 Booker shortlisted Everything Under Fen was written some two years previously Its a collection of short stories and had received praise from a relatively small number of readersThe stories are in many ways striking than the better known Everything Under and this is in part the

  6. says:

    It is going to be very difficult to knock this off the spot of best book of the year for me I have always enjoyed books set around harsh landscapes am I the only person to find Wuthering Heights a 'cosy' novel? and that is part of what this

  7. says:

    I listened to this on Lavar Burton reads #ReadingRainbowforAdults

  8. says:

    Some nice writing but this was unfortunately another letdown for me though if magical realism is your thing you might find some stories to enjoy here For me the stories ended up being pretty repetitive with protagonists which became

  9. says:

    It is a debut collection by a loosely related short stories They are all set in the east part of England with its plains canals river estuaries and pylons distorting the horizontality of the place Miss Johnston’s artist

  10. says:

    A surreal and slightly magical collection of short stories Talking foxes possessive houses relationships monsters and A treat of a collection

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