Uniquely disturbing and deeply erotic, this collection confirms Sarah Hall as one of the greatest writers of her generation.
From the heathered fells and lowlands of Cumbria with their history of smouldering violence, to the speed and heat of summer London, to an eerily still lake in the Finnish wilderness, Sarah Hall evokes landscapes with extraordinary precision and grace.
The characters within these territories are real-life survivors, but whether it's a frustrated housewife seeking extreme experience or a young woman contemplating the death of her lover, dark devices and desires rise to the surface. And the human body, too - flawed, visceral, and full of emotional conflict - provides a sensuous frame for each unfolding drama.
The Beautiful Indifference includes 'Butcher's Perfume', which was short-listed for the BBC National Short Story Prize in 2010.
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria and currently lives in Norwich, Norfolk. She is the author of four novels: Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army and How to Paint a Dead Man; a collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference; original radio dramas; and poetry.
She has won several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel, the Betty Trask Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize, and has twice been recipient of the Portico Prize. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. This year she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.
Flashes of fake northern accents from a RADA voice. I’m left wondering what the point of any of these stories was supposed to be.
Would you try another book written by Sarah Hall or narrated by Charlotte Strevens?
Has The Beautiful Indifference put you off other books in this genre?
What does Charlotte Strevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beautiful Indifference?
Too much story telling, too little action, could not get into it and gave up, Maybe it is just a man-thing.
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