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Tea At the Midland

(2012)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
To the woman watching they looked like grace itself, the heart and soul of which is freedom. It pleased her particularly that they were attached by invisible strings to colourful curves of rapidly moving air. How clean and clever that was! You throw up something like a handkerchief, you tether it and by its headlong wish to fly away, you are towed along... Like the kite-surfers in this opening scene, the characters in David Constantine's fourth collection are often delicately caught in moments of defiance. Disregarding their age, their family, or the prevailing political winds, they show us a way of marking out a space for resistance and taking an honest delight in it. Witness Alphonse - having broken out of an old people's home, changed his name, and fled the country - now pedalling down the length of the Rhone, despite knowing he has barely six months to live. Or the clergyman who chooses to spend Christmas Eve - and the last few hours in his job - in a frozen, derelict school, dancing a wild jig with a vagrant called Goat. Key to these characters' defiance is the power of fiction, the act of holding real life at arm's length and simply telling a story - be it of the future they might claim for themselves, or the imagined lives of others. Like them, Constantine's bewitching, finely-wrought stories give us permission to escape, they allow us to side-step the inexorable traffic of our lives, and beseech us to take possession of the moment. 'Perhaps the finest of contemporary writers in this form' - The Reader 'Every sentence is both unpredictable and exactly what it should be. Reading them is a series of short shocks of (agreeably envious) pleasure...' - A.S. Byatt, The Guardian 'Flawless but unsettling' - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent **WINNER of the BBC National Short Story Prize**

 
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Paperback Editions

August 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Tea at the Midland: and Other Stories
Author(s): David Constantine
ISBN: 1-905583-49-4 / 978-1-905583-49-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Comma Press
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: FREE: Tea at the Midland
Author(s): David Constantine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: FREE: Tea at the Midland
Author(s): David Constantine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Tea at the Midland (BBC National Short Story Award 2010 Winner)
Author(s): David Constantine
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
Availability: Amazon   

December 2010 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Tea at the Midland (BBC National Short Story Award 2010 Winner)
Author(s): David Constantine
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Tea at the Midland
Author(s): David Constantine
Publisher: Comma Press
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