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All the Rage

(2014)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
Saltire Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
All the Rage was named to the shortlist of 'Best Short Story Collection 2014' by The Frank O'Connor Prize A.L. Kennedy, the author of The Blue Book and Day, writes like a force of nature. Claire Messud says she's "one of Britain's most iconoclastic and fiercely independent talents." Richard Ford calls her "a profound writer," and Ali Smith dubbed her "the laureate of good hurt."

All the Rage is Kennedy's riveting new collection, a luscious feast of language that encompasses real estate and forlorn pets, adolescents and sixtysomethings, weekly liaisons and obsessive affairs, "certain types of threat and the odder edges of sweet things." The women and men in these dozen stories search for love, solace, and a clear glimpse of what their lives have become. Anything can set them off thinking - the sad homogeneity of hotel breakfasts, a sex shop operated under Canadian values (whatever those are), an army of joggers dressed as Santa. With her boundless empathy and gift for the perfect phrase, Kennedy makes us care about each of her characters. In "Takes You Home," a man's attempt to sell his flat becomes a journey to the interior, by turns comic and harrowing. And "Late in Life" deftly evokes an intergenerational love affair free of the usual cliches, the younger partner asking the older, "What should I wear at your funeral?"

Alive with memory, humor, and longing, All the Rage is A.L. Kennedy at her inimitable best.

May 2014 Best Book of the Month by Amazon in the Literature & Fiction category

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Hardback Editions

April 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-544-30704-6 / 978-0-544-30704-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Harvest
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March 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: All the Rage
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-224-09843-8 / 978-0-224-09843-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: All the Rage
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-958742-4 / 978-0-09-958742-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: All the Rage
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-77089-463-2 / 978-1-77089-463-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-5113-6783-0 / 978-1-5113-6783-7
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4805-8433-9 / 978-1-4805-8433-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4805-8444-4 / 978-1-4805-8444-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4805-8455-X / 978-1-4805-8455-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4805-8466-5 / 978-1-4805-8466-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: All the Rage: Stories
Author(s): A L Kennedy
Publisher: Little A
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March 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: All the Rage
Author(s): A L Kennedy
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: All the Rage
Author(s): A L Kennedy
Publisher: Astoria
Availability: Amazon CA