Backlisted

26/06/2017

Thanks to Backlisted Podcast for their warm, warm, warm words about Attrib. (and a great reading from ‘Synaesthete, Would Like To Meet’!) — a fantastic listen every fortnight, please do subscribe to the show and enjoy this full episode embedded below featuring an account of John Simmons‘ most recent novel as well as The Great and The Good Sarah Perry discussing Gosse’s Father & Son (1907).

And congratulations to hosts John Mitchinson and Andy Miller for Backlisted being named ‘Podcast of the Week’ by the Radio Times!

Nice things have been said. Here are a couple.

I am verklempt and vulgar with thanks.

**Selected by Ali Smith as one of 2017’s best debut fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival**

**Runner-up at the Saboteur Awards 2017 for ‘Best Collection of Short Stories’**

Fiddling with words, as if playing with them were all that mattered, her characters draw time to a standstill–then they stop, suddenly, blinking and thrilled. It’s beautiful, the way they get lost.
The Guardian

Funny, playful and utterly bravura, it deserves to be read by everyone with a love of words and an interest in the way deftly wielded language and original ideas can come together to detonate on the page.
– Melissa Harrison, Financial Times

The possibilities these stories imply are many, one of them being that you, the reader, could be their unnamed narrator. That’s why, like all good literature, they feel so personal, immediate and incredibly urgent.
New Humanist

Williams’ writerly roots in poetry and poetic prose shine throughout this stunning collection of almost intimidatingly intelligent and creative work.
Mslexia

So good it makes me giddy. For God’s sake, buy a copy.
Caught by the River

Williams brings these moments of internal intensity into the spotlight, with 170 pages that positively glow.
The Fader’s Spring Recommendations 2017

These are stories that are so repeatedly re-readable – for their humour, their humanity and their sheer revelry in the textual matter of the language from which they are made: the physical, pleasurable, palpable, enigmatic and unguent words and all they carry with them.
The Contemporary Small Press

Williams’ USP (even, at times, brilliance), is to drop us in on lives at seemingly innocuous moments—and then wrong-foot the reader, contort the unfolding story, and ultimately distil something elemental from the seemingly banal.
3:AM

Nearly every sentence here dazzles with somersaults.
Minor Literature(s)

Williams’ writing is emotionally engaged and linguistically playful. This collection has been highly acclaimed for all the right reasons – it is gorgeous, moving, intelligent, it contains striking images and nuanced emotion.
Triumph of the Now

Attrib. especially works as a series of beautifully written detached vignettes upon the themes of language and love. And what finer themes are there?
Turnaround Blog

The stories in Attrib. are such treats they deserve to be read like a properly made coffee: don’t take too much at once; enjoy in your favourite place; let each story percolate.
The Fountain

Williams has a completely unique voice and explores language with a quirky, intelligent hand. These stories are impulsive, darkly comic and utterly compelling.
Waterstones Summer 2017 Recommendations

 

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