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THE DRESSING-UP BOX: an evening with David Constantine

September 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

It is a complete honour to host David Constantine on his book launch tour for The Dressing-Up Box, his fifth collection of short stories. A master of the form, David will be in conversation with Jenny Niven about a life in short fiction.

Just check out this praise from A.L. Kennedy…

“The Dressing-Up Box does the deepest work of fiction – it tells us strange, hard, beautiful truths for our time. Constantine offers a quietly furious and moving collection packed with undefended children and lost adults, personalities grown eccentric under stress and raging for mercy. Nightmares shift, blood flows in rivers and humanity responds with strange mercy, humour and a desperate appetite for love.” – A. L. Kennedy

Join us at the bookshop where David Constantine will talk to Jenny Niven about his work and new collection. There will be an audience Q&A and books will be available on sale to be signed. 
Wine will be served free of charge!


The stories in David Constantine’s fifth collection all orbit around a moment of personal crisis, a pressure point where the weight of the past or the present becomes unbearable. These crises may be brought on by a bereavement, a personal failure or trauma, or a crisis of identity. But in all cases, what’s at stake is a life worth living, a space that tolerates us as humans, regardless of how intolerant we’ve been towards it of late: that is to say, a hospitable, rather than a hostile environment.

Many of the protagonists in these stories are children: loved, abused, in danger, they represent the fragile, threatened hope for a better future. In other stories, children appear as an encouragement in an adult world that appears to be drifting inexorably towards ignorance and isolation. Whether set in Paris in the early 19th Century, on the Pennine moors, or amid the defiant multiculturalism of Oxford’s Cowley Road, these stories also remind us that even in the darkest of times new germs of hope are quietly taking root.


Born in Salford, David Constantine has published several volumes of poetry, and a novel (The Life-Writer) as well as four short story collections, including the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (2005),The Shieling (2009) and Tea at the Midland (2012), which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2013. David’s short story ‘In Another Country’ was adapted into ‘45 Years’ – a major film, directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Courtenay & Charlotte Rampling.

Praise for David Constantine:

‘Perhaps the finest of contemporary writers in this form.’ – The Reader

‘Constantine’s writing is rare today, unafraid to be rich and allusive and unashamedly moving.’ – The Independent


Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 5AQ United Kingdom


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