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True Stories - by Francis Spufford (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 360

Genre: Literary Collections

Sub-Genre: Essays

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Yale University Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Francis Spufford

Language: English

TCIN: 78551716
UPC: 9780300246667
Item Number (DPCI): 247-24-9289


"Intellectually Spufford resembles a many-armed Hindu deity, able to pluck fruit and butterflies from anywhere on earth's most robust tall trees."--Dwight Garner, New York Times
"This career-spanning collection - covering books, religion, technology, musings on Antarctica - makes us consider the world anew."--Anita Sethi, Observer
"Commissioned by editors who knew that Spufford was someone who could talk with authority, passion and an amused intelligence about these subjects. . . He is incapable of dullness."--Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard
"Quietly gorgeous. . . Spufford has a knack for blending fact with fiction, to be sure, but also for threading through his stories a sense of his own uncertainties. Here's the story, his writing seems to say. Make what you will of it."--Caroline Crampton, New Statesman
"The essay collection presents its reader with the opportunity to hitch herself to an original mind as it pursues a course plotted by its own idiosyncratic, free-range curiosity. . . . Francis Spufford's True Stories and Other Essays is just such a book. . . . An addictively quotable stylist, Spufford writes sentences and paragraphs that spawn thickets of enthusiastic marginalia."--Laura Miller, Slate
"A delightfully intelligent collection of writings. . . reading them together felt both stimulating and luxurious, and left me with renewed admiration for Spufford's agility, range and insight."--Clare Carlisle, "Books of the Year 2017", TLS
"[Spufford's] unifying perspective in True Stories is the virtue of imagination."--Phillip Lopate, New York Times Book Review
"Components of a broader essay encompassing what it means to be Francis Spufford. The ego here is generous, patient and companionable. . . It seems he is on something of a mission, its purpose heightened throughout True Stories by the sinew, energy and immediacy of his style and by the continual relish he finds for his craft."
--Jonathan Keates, TLS
"Thoughtful, elegantly-written pieces."--Houman Barekat, Financial Times
"This debut essay collection from novelist Spufford has many strengths, chief among them the diversity of topics covered. . . . The essays challenge one's imagination, are never repetitive, and show a welcome breadth of mind in an era of narrow specialization. Spufford fits no cookie-cutter definition: he is journalist and scholar, science lover and Christian, word lover and poet, and his writing satisfies deeply."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Acclaimed essayist Spufford offers not just a variety of subjects here, but also a variety of sources. . . . A bibliophagist snacks and dines, sharing with us some of the tastiest bits."--Kirkus Reviews
"In an age of dwindling attention spans for serious reflection and stimulating journalism, True Stories, and Other Essays provides intelligence and verve."--John L. Murphy, New York Journal of Books
"I am not alone in thinking that Francis Spufford has one of the most original minds in contemporary literature."--Nick Hornby
"He can make the most recondite intellectual inquiry into something freewheeling and fabulous."--Rachel Polonsky
"Francis Spufford has long been one of my favourite writers of non-fiction."--Iain Pears
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