A Bunch of Fives by Helen Simpson
Selected Stories

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I had worried, on picking the book up, whether I was on the point of wearying of Simpson's schtick, or becoming inured to it...Well, no, because I found her stories just as hard to put down as I used to...
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Since the publication of Four Bare Legs in a Bed, her first collection, Helen Simpson has been hailed as one of the best short story writers at work today. These are wickedly funny, heartfelt, and sensuous stories that deal with the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between.

A Bunch of Fives is a selection of five stories drawn from each of Simpson's five collections; Four Bare Legs in a Bed (1990), Dear George (1995), Hey Yeah Right Get a Life (2000), Constitutional (2005), and In-Flight Entertainment (2010).
 

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HELEN SIMPSON is the author ofFour Bare Legs in a Bed, Dear George, Hey Yeah Right Get a Life, ConstitutionalandIn-Flight Entertainment. In 1991 she was chosen as theSunday TimesYoung Writer of the Year and won the Somerset Maugham Award. In 1993 she was chosen as one ofGranta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists. She has also received the Hawthornden prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forster Award. She lives in London.
 
Published September 10, 2012 by Vintage Classics. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on May 22 2012

I had worried, on picking the book up, whether I was on the point of wearying of Simpson's schtick, or becoming inured to it...Well, no, because I found her stories just as hard to put down as I used to...

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