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Midsummer Night in the Workhouse

(2011)
A collection of stories by

 
 
"I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958." So begins literary legend Diana Athill in the preface to Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, a long-overdue collection of her short fiction, originally published in the 1950s to the 1970s. In unsentimental though often touching prose, Athill's young women anticipate, enjoy, or just miss out on brief sexual encounters with men met on trains, at parties - just about anywhere they can. A cheating wife, back with her boring husband, is wracked with agonizing love for the unavailable partner of her brief fling; a writer seeks inspiration at a writers' retreat whilst avoiding the group seducer's invitation; a wife's party flirtations propel her possessive husband into another woman's bed; two fun-loving women face a sinister sexual assault during a Greek holiday; a teenager experiences enraptured detachment during her first kiss. Beautifully written, perceptive, touching, and funny, Midsummer Night in the Workhouse is Diana Athill at her best.

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October 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Midsummer Night in the Workhouse /tpf
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-77089-061-0 / 978-1-77089-061-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi International
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Midsummer Night in the Workhouse
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-903155-82-7 / 978-1-903155-82-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

July 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Midsummer Night in the Workhouse: Selected Stories by Diana Athill
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Persephone
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Midsummer Night in the Workhouse
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA