The *best* news I have had to share for a long while is that my debut short story collection —what are you like- is soon coming out with RedSquirrel Press.
I have it on good authority that these stories console as well as intrigue, subvert, unsettle… They take a sidelong glance at what makes us who we are and who makes us what we are, and all sorts in between…
I’m *particularly thrilled* about this book because these stories are more me than anything else I’ve done, and because the book itself is such a beautiful object. It’s extra special that my son Nicolai Sclater (@OrnamentalConifer) did the artwork for the cover, and that the book design was done by my friend Gerry Cambridge
!!!WATCH THIS SPACE: I WILL SOON BE POSTING A PICTURE OF ITS LOVELINESS!!!
some people are already saying very nice things about -what are you like-
“These are real short stories from a real writer: full of the telling detail, the betraying detail, the immaculately-rendered thought. From the clumsy world of Start Rite Shoes and threats to motherhood and beyond, the life of women is made richly present. The title work alone is a visceral, unforgettable, punch-drunk joy. Read this book.”
A L Kennedy, writer and performer
“This coruscating collection beautifully showcases Shelley Day’s twisting and turning talent. In one volume, we are immersed repeatedly into her magical worlds, emerging reeling yet ready for the next dip”
Angela Jackson, author or The Emergence of Judy Taylorand The Darlings
“Shelley Day’s voice is exciting and unique … and her fiction thematically rich”
That’s what Jackie Kay, poet, novelist, short story writer, and Scotland’s Makar had to say about my writing generally.
I’ll be posting updates about -what are you like- as they happen on the links on the main menu. But meanwhile dates for your diary already confirmed are:
20 November Launch at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow
30 November Launch at the Books-on-Tyne Festival, Newcastle
15 December Launch at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
PRAISE FOR The Confession of Stella Moon
“Once in a while an author comes along that refreshes the genre, to my mind Shelley Day has done just that” Jacky Collins, Newcastle Noir
“Pulls you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go, even after the final page has been turned” Victoria Watson, Elementary Watson
“The book is smart. The writer is smart. The central character is smart and sassy. Just what we need in this day and age. A shero we can believe in. Don’t miss this” Tina Gharavi, filmmaker, I am Nasrine
“This is an assured and stylish debut novel … Stella is flawed and confused and wonderfully real, a welcome tonic to the passive “girls” that populate so many modern thrillers. Shelley Day is an excellent world builder” Stacy Alesi (‘Bookbitch’)
“It’s a long time since a novel sank its fangs into my brain in such a spectacular way. Multi-layered, dark, delicious prose. I devoured it in one sitting and can’t wait to see what this wonderful author delivers next” Allison Davies, writer