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Read online In-Flight Entertainment.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC In-Flight Entertainment Short stories of lives in transition fear of death commitment and environmental threats Alan upgraded to a first class airline seat overhears a trapped squirrel tale A boy contemplates a parallel life Newly deaf Patrick re examines his life with a supernatural hearing aid Two old friends waiting to heckle look back at lives with joy and regret by Helen Simpson

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In-Flight Entertainment
Title:In-Flight Entertainment
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ISBN:0224089641
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Number of Pages:144
Category:short-stories, fiction, unfinished, literary-fiction, environment
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A dark dazzling surprisingly funny new collection of stories Masterly Adam Mars Jones i The Observer i A virtuoso performance Jane Shilling i The Sunday Telegraph i about single women and wives in various phases of midlife anxious mothers besotted mothers beset mothers in a futile search for security and consolation br br Helen Simpson s stories are short but by no means small One story takes the Iraq war as its subject another describes a smoker s reprieve from death by lung cancer in another a simple tale of home maintenance a woman in a conversation with the carpenter replacing her door after a break in becomes a deftly sketched study of grief In still another Simpson manages the seemingly impossible producing laughter at terminal illness and untimely death this might be the first story in which the amputation of a limb provides a happy ending And finally the story entitled Constitutional a pun on one of the word s meanings a walk taken for the benefit of one s health deals with memory family Alzheimer s oak trees pregnancy for the over forties stolen photographs and crossword puzzles br br Helen Simpson s stories move and disturb us as they light up the human gift for making the best of it i whatever i it is, Afternoon tea is the english meal time institution a social as well as a culinary event br br It is precisely this atmosphere which is embodied in the Palm Court Tearoom at the Ritz in London which for many years has been one of the most delightful and traditional places to take tea br br The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion and provides the reader with all the Ritz expertize in the ceremony as well as over recipes illustrated with passages from Dickens to Oscar Wilde and charming drawings, In her second collection of short stories Helen Simpson continues to explore ideas of independence solitude marriage sex and babies with her characteristic blend of comedy and lyricism Here are tales of young love successful or thwarted intense or comic br br From a wedding day for one through the knotty problems of babies their conception arrival and impact on adult lives to a Lothario receiving his just deserts and the title story where a schoolgirl s erotic daydreams during Shakespeare homework produce eventual blushes of horror, Hilarious dark and thoroughly entertaining b Getting a Life b proves Helen Simpson to be one of the finest observers of women on the edge Set in and around contemporary London these nine stories explore both the blisses and irritations of domestic life br An ambitious teenager vows never to settle for any of the adult lives she sees around her Two old friends get tipsy at a small cafe and end up revealing more than they intended In a boutique so exclusive that entrance requires a password a frazzled careerwoman explores the anesthetizing effect of highly impractical clothing And in the mesmerizing title story a mother of three takes life one day at a time while pushing the ominous question of whether she i wants to i firmly to one side