Tea at the Midland by David Constantine
And Other Stories

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David Constantine's "Tea at the Midland"...could be credited with having achieved that: its subject, with fateful irony, is a fierce argument over the dubious sexual tastes of a dead celebrity emblematic of the BBC.
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Filled with characters that are often delicately caught in moments of defiance, disregarding their age, their family, or the prevailing political winds, this collection finds a space for resistance and taking an honest delight in it. Alphonse, having broken out of an old people’s home, changed his name, and fled the country, pedals down the length of the Rhône despite knowing he has barely six months to live. Meanwhile, a clergyman 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. Holding real life at arm’s length, this volume’s bewitching, finely-wrought stories allow readers to escape and to take possession of the moment.

 

About David Constantine

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David Constantine is a translator, the coeditor of Modern Poetry in Translation, and a former professor of German language and literature. He is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Nine Fathom Deep and the short story collections The Shieling and Under the Dam. He is the recipient of the BBC National Short Story Award.
 
Published December 22, 2013 by Comma Press. 211 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Dec 14 2012

David Constantine's "Tea at the Midland"...could be credited with having achieved that: its subject, with fateful irony, is a fierce argument over the dubious sexual tastes of a dead celebrity emblematic of the BBC.

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