- Title: Hollow Shores
- Author: Gary Budden
- ISBN: null
- Page: 313
- Format: Paperback
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Utterly brilliant debut collection from Gary Budden, can't recommend this enough. If you've read any of his stories before, you'll know to expect a combination of psychogeography, nature writing, folklore, weird happenings and punk pride (no, really). If you haven't read him before, then you should. What really impresses is the way in which this collection hangs together as a whole - more than just a collection of stories, but looser and more fragmented than a novel. Personal favourites are 'Spe [...]
I was very much looking forward to this debut collection and in no way was I disappointed, or comforted. This is a thought-provoking and insightful sequence of stories in which characters and compass points recur, accumulate, drift back and forth through sluices and conduits to the recent past and the deep past. The stories are not particularly plotty. Most of them are meditations or journeys, or meditations while journeying. The drama is inner. But, it's also outer. There's some evocative lands [...]
I don't think I've ever read a collection of stories that fitted together so well before, with each one deepening the same themes to make a powerful reading experience about loss, and belonging, and growing. The final story brings everything together in a way that made me really think about how memories work, and form us, just as landscape brings its influence to bear upon us all too. There's a melancholic intimacy throughout that feels very honest.
Hollow Shores, by Gary Budden, is a collection of twenty-one short stories interlinked by people who, for a time at least, inhabit a stretch of the Kent coastline known as the Hollow Shore. The characters weave in and out of each other’s lives creating ripples whose effects are rarely understood by those involved. The place is walked through, escaped from and returned to. The stories are works of fiction but, as several of the offerings explore, although based on fact so are an individual’s [...]
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