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by Agnes Owens

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After reading the first story in this collection I felt like I was on the verge of discovering a wonderful new writer. Except she's not new. The first story, Arabella, was terrific: mordantly black, funny, strong punchy narrative and descriptions.
That story remained one of the strongest, but there were many others too that delighted. The wicked black streak showed up periodically, especially in the later stories.
The writing is direct and concise. The author disappears, leaving only the reader and the characters. The stories mostly are of the working poor, unemployed and unemployable, set in Scotland. Agnes Owens came from that world, and she wrote of what she knew, and she has done it brilliantly.

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  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
After reading the first story in this collection I felt like I was on the verge of discovering a wonderful new writer. Except she's not new. The first story, Arabella, was terrific: mordantly black, funny, strong punchy narrative and descriptions.
That story remained one of the strongest, but there were many others too that delighted. The wicked black streak showed up periodically, especially in the later stories.
The writing is direct and concise. The author disappears, leaving only the reader and the characters. The stories mostly are of the working poor, unemployed and unemployable, set in Scotland. Agnes Owens came from that world, and she wrote of what she knew, and she has done it brilliantly.

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  BCbookjunky | Mar 31, 2013 |
Most of the stories in this book were clearly practice pieces that should never have been published. However, there was one very good story that made reading the book worthwhile, and that was "Gentlemen of the West" (if I am remembering that title correctly). ( )
  JolleyG | Jan 1, 2012 |
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This collection starts with Arabella, the portrait of a modern witch written in 1978. Then comes Gentlemen of the West (1984), Lean Tales (1985) and People Like That (1996). It ends with fourteen recent stories which prove Agnes' eighty-odd years have not dulled her wickedly humorous eye for dark romance, family tragedy and a good story.… (more)

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