Whether it's a man with a growth on his hand, a couple trying for a baby, a woman finishing a book, a pope with penis envy, or a bullied girl, the characters caught in the slipstream world of Punch have no choice but to look again at their surroundings and themselves. Humorous, disturbing, this debut short story collection from the author of Eva Shell shows us how strange life in the early twenty-first century is.
Punch is original and inventive. North finds oddities in the familiar and cruelties in the banal, making these meticulously-crafted stories simultaneously warm and unnerving, sincere and gutsy.
Kate North’s short fiction collection is wonderfully weird and uncanny: she can make the ordinary seem strange, and the strange seem ordinary. Carefully crafted and rich with poetic detail, these speculative stories startle and unsettle at every step.
Kate North’s first novel, Eva Shell, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2008 and her poetry collection, Bistro, in 2012. She writes and edits for a number of journals and publications. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Cardiff University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She lives and teaches in Cardiff. Visit her website: www.katenorth.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @katetnorth.