SmartSellTM - The New Way to Sell Online

Shop over a million Toys in our Huge New Range

Ten Tales Tall and True


Product Description
Product Details

Promotional Information

Poor Things won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize 'A great writer, perhaps the greatest living in Britain today' Will Self

About the Author

Alasdair Gray is the author of LANARK, the Whitbread and Guardian prize-winning novel POOR THINGS and the story-collection, TEN TALES TALL AND TRUE among many other writings. His most recent work was the highly-acclaimed THE BOOK OF PREFACES, published by Bloomsbury.


The truthful tales are better than the tall ones in this rambunctious collection by the Scottish author of the well-received Poor Things. The title itself is a whopper: there are 12 stories, a prologue and an epilogue. The humorous entries range from silly to archly playful. ``The Marriage Feast'' parodies Kingsley Amis's account of a run-in with Dylan Thomas, casting Christ in the mad poet's role. In ``The Trendelenburg Position,'' a dentist muses on the possibilities of virtual reality to a prone (and silent) patient. ``Near the Driver'' takes a mocking look at Britain's railroad future, in which computer-controlled trains announce precisely when they will crash. These pieces are amusing enough, but when Gray lays aside his trademark wit to deal with characters in his native Scotland (``Houses & Small Labour Parties'' and ``You'') or to tenderly portray an elderly botanist (``Time Travel''), his deft prose and thoughtful insights render the cleverness of the other tales a bit shallow in comparison. Gray's witty touch is also evident in the quirky black-and-white drawings interspersed with the text. (Mar.)

'The greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott' Anthony Burgess 'He is our nearest contemporary equivalent to Blake, our sweetest-natured screwed-up visionary' Evening Standard

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Ten Tales Tall and True on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top