Stewkey Blues

D. J. Taylor


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Salt Publishing
1 March 2022
ISBN: 9781784632458
224 pages

From the publisher

Some of the characters in Stewkey Blues have lived in Norfolk all their lives. Others are short-term residents or passage migrants. Whether young or old, self-confident or ground-down, local or blow-in, all of them are reaching uneasy compromises with the world they inhabit and the landscape in which that life takes place.

‘In his solid, grounded, entertaining collection of stories, DJ Taylor draws out the mythical qualities of East Anglia’s terrain, urban or rural or somewhere marginal in between. He expertly locates those moments in ordinary lives when ‘reality seemed to be curling at the edges.’ His steady gaze discerns quiet heroes, men and women as they jauntily set out in search of disappointment. We see them clearly for a moment before they melt into a blur of lamplight or sea mist, with their vague regrets and tarnished illusions; with indefeasible tenacity, by minor roads or motorways or deep lost rural lanes, they keep on keeping on.’ —Hilary Mantel