ENVY AT THE CHEESE HANDOUT
Envy is a collection of thirteen
stories about urban experience and escape. A woman charges her
lover for sex ('A Regular Thing'), a
bereavement uncovers a passionate friendship, the distribution
of free EEC cheese and butter prompts a resignation, and a young
mother fantasises about sleep. Furthermore: a budgerigar is murdered,
a grocer gets fresh and a disenchanted box-office clerk attends
a Fantasy Space Party decked in blue flip-flops and cellophane.
Published 1995, by Faber and
Faber. ISBN 0-571-17457-4.
"The surreal situations
and bleak humour of Lynne Bryan's stories stand out from the
"The writing is black, scapel-subtle...
A first collection from a powerful new writer." DAILY TELEGRAPH.
"The stories bristle with
energy and, in the most unexpected places with bright shafts
of humour and hope." - THE SUNDAY TIMES
"These stories touch the
universal and should be read by every man. In some, Bryan achieves
reconciliation of love and life so powerful it scares and sears.
Her prose too is beautifully worked, spare and, at its best,
almost unbearably bleak. With this collection a terrible talent
is born." TIMES