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**Long-listed for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize**

**Long-listed for the 2013 Edge Hill Short Story Award**

Arriving at a nondescript suburban house, a middle-aged man is met by a new wife, a new past, and a memory he cannot surrender…

A chance liaison outside Covent Garden tube station leads to a cruel game of make-believe…

A chicken farmer on a remote mountainside is alarmed to learn the president of a faraway superpower needs his approval…

Identity, in Guy Ware’s confident debut collection, is a mercurial thing. Lawyers paint conflicting pictures of an alleged terrorist; a city trader decides, without warning, to walk out of her life; flirting lovers take role-play to a new, existential, level. Whether living under a totalitarian regime or simply getting through the day in a grindingly predictable metropolis, Ware’s characters struggle with the urge to redefine themselves, to start again, to reboot. Knowing that the course of an entire life can hinge on the smallest decision – turning left or right – they ultimately remind us of the courage, as well as the coping mechanisms, of facing up to responsibilities and simply staying put.

‘A remarkably successful short story writer, the best I’ve read for a long, long time.’ – Time Out

'Clever, sustained and engaging fictions that toy with ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events...a daring and refreshing collection.' - Stuart Evers, The Independent

'A clever, playfully uncanny debut collection that has left me looking forward to more of Guy Ware’s writing.' -Bookmunch

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About the author

Guy Ware was born in Northampton and studied English at Oxford. While completing a D.Phil. on William Blake he lived and worked with homeless ex-offenders, before training as a public finance accountant. He has published stories in anthologies from Comma (Brace), Apis Books (Tales of the Decongested; Desperate Remedies) Route (Ideas Above Our Station), Earlyworks and Leaf Press. He lives with his family in London.

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Comma Press
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Published on
Dec 9, 2013
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Pages
144
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English
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Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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