From Far Around They Saw Us Burn

By Alice Jolly

The eagerly antipicated short story collection by award-winning author and playwright.

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An inherited aloe vera plant with an interesting history. Friendships cultivated over a lifetime fall apart in testing circumstances. What does the stranger with four fingers and yellow eyes really want?

From Far Around They Saw Us Burn is the eagerly-awaited short story collection from Alice Jolly, featuring an extraordinary range of stories including the award-winning 'Ray The Rottweiler', which won the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Prichett Memorial Prize in 2014, and the title story which was one of the twenty stories selected for the 2021 O. Henry Prize, the most prestigious US short story award.

Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright who has written six novels, including her memoir, Dead Babies and Seaside Towns, which won the PEN/Ackerley Prize in 2016, and Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile which was the runner up for the Rathbones Folio Prize in 2019 and longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize in the same year.

Her first collection of short stories centres the lives of ordinary people and the various ways in which chance encounters and minute decisions change everything. It is compelling, arresting and at times, devasting collection - not least in the title story which was inspired by the tragic true events of the Cavan orphanage fire in 1943.

Written with an exemplary eye for detail and an intimate understanding of the complexities of human nature, Jolly's collection builds up towards the ultimate question: what is revealed of us when we peel away the surfaces, and is it enough?

Alice's writing is so precise and courageous it transforms her grief into a deeply powerful sense of hope and defiance. Rowan Pelling

Jolly's resolute determination to tell the whole, exhausting truth, however searing, emotional, unfashionable, unpalatable or savagely humorous, keeps us turning the pages, well into the night and cheering her on. Financial Times

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