The Pre-War House and Other Stories

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9781907773501: The Pre-War House and Other Stories

There is an insistent, rhythmic quality to Moore’s writing, and a dark imagination at work. (Genevieve Fox Daily Mail)

Many of the themes centre around family, relationships, loss, and uncertainty. Some of the stories create a sense of claustrophobia as the characters become trapped in situations beyond their control. Each piece has its own unique style but the thread weaving through the collection is an intangible sense of anticipation. It is a delicious read and, having read some of the stories a few times, it is something I will keep going back to. A remarkable debut collection which comes highly recommended. (F.C. Malby)

It should come as no surprise that The Pre-War House is a controlled and powerful piece of prose fiction, coming as it does from an author whose debut novel features on the recently released Man Booker 2012 [shortlist]. (Dan Powell)

The level of accomplishment on display in this bleak narrative is remarkable. Moore is not, however, a beginner. She has been publishing short stories since 2000, and that apprenticeship shaped her first novel. Now she has published a collection of her stories, and it turns out to be just as uncompromising and unsettling as The Lighthouse … Moore's distinctive voice commands exceptional power. (Dinah Birch The Guardian)

[A]lmost every story works beautifully and Moore is clearly a master of the short form writing. They are atmospheric, often sad and dark, and weighed down my memory. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the final story with gives the collection its title. This is a longer piece than most of the others, as a daughter sells the family home which stirs memories of a surprising life within the four, pre-war walls of the house. ( The Bookbag)


On The Lighthouse: ‘Moore’s writing has a superb sense of the weight of memory.’ (Kate Saunders The Times)

On ‘The Pre-War House’: ‘Evocative and sinister, it builds relentlessly to its inevitable unwanted climax. Impressive and memorable.’ (Merric Davidson The New Writer)

On The Lighthouse: ‘Disquieting, deceptive, crafted with a sly and measured expertise’ (Boyd Tonkin The Independent)

On The Lighthouse: ‘One of the year's 12 best novels? I can believe it.’ (Anthony Cummins The Observer)

On The Lighthouse: ‘It deserves to be read, and reread. No laughs, no levity, just a beautiful, sad, overripe tale that lingers in the mind.’ (Isabel Berwick Financial Times)

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