Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here In this collection of stories Jackie Kay explores every aspect of love the most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions exposing the moments of tenderness shock bravery and remorse that acc

  • Title: Wish I Was Here
  • Author: Jackie Kay
  • ISBN: 9780330511810
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collection of stories, Jackie Kay explores every aspect of love the most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions, exposing the moments of tenderness, shock, bravery and remorse that accompany its pursuit, its passions, its passing.

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    About “Jackie Kay

    • Jackie Kay

      Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.Kay s adoptive father worked full time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive mother was the secretary of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CND.Initially harbouring ambitions to be an actress, she decided to concentrate on writing after encouragement by Alasdair Gray She studied English at the University of Stirling and her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991, and won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award Her other awards include the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for Other Lovers, and the Guardian Fiction Prize for Trumpet, based on the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, born Dorothy Tipton, who lived as a man for the last fifty years of her life.Kay writes extensively stage, screen, and for children In 2010 she published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her birth parents, a white Scottish woman, and a Nigerian man Her birth parents met when her father was a student at Aberdeen University and her mother was a nurse Her drama The Lamplighter is an exploration of the Atlantic slave trade It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2007 and published in poem form in 2008.Jackie Kay became a Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE on 17 June 2006 She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University Kay lives in Manchester.Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland THE ADOPTION PAPERS Bloodaxe, 1991 won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize DARLING was a poetry book society choice FIERE, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award Her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award RED DUST ROAD, Picador won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize and the LONDON BOOK AWARD She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award She also writes for children and her book RED CHERRY RED Bloomsbury won the CLYPE award She has written extensively for stage and television Her play MANCHESTER LINES produced by Manchester Library Theatre was on this year in Manchester Her new book of short stories REALITY, REALITY was recently published by Picador She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

    555 thoughts on “Wish I Was Here

    • This is a collection of tales told in the voice of discarded or rejected partners; lovers left behind each in some different sense. Moving on has a certain cruelty and hardness about it from this angle, so this book is a welcome antibody in the plasma we inhabit of heartless individualism that discharges memes like 'get rid of everyone in your life who drags you down'. Here are the draggers, the losers, the people you've laughed off, shrugged off, the people not worth your regret. No regrets! We [...]


    • Did you ever start reading a book and just a few sentences in feel like you have to stop, look away, take a breath because it's so damn good? That's what reading Jackie Kay is like. I'd known of her as a poet but not as a fiction writer. God she's good. Whether she's writing about a couple on the verge of splitting after years together, with the one who's leaving constantly, annoyingly, quoting Martin Amis, or a woman who's given birth to a daughter that's a fox (but how she loves her), or a div [...]


    • What most captivated me about this book was the humanity (humanness?) that carried every story, every sentence. You cannot judge the characters even if they are flawed, because they are human. So beautifully, a little sadly and a little happily human. The writing makes you accept them.


    • I read lots of this on the train to/from work and spent much of it crying. Don't be put off, however! It may be heart-wrenching at times, but it's worth it. Brilliant.


    • A series of short stories that revolves around ordinary lives but deep & brutal to the root issues. I loved how sad truths are expressed so beautifully. Favorite ones include 'You go when you can no longer stay', 'Blinds', 'My daughter the Fox', 'Not the Queen', 'Pruning' and 'Sonata'. Basically all the stories are unique.Favorite quotes:“I've started to feel very odd within my own life. It's most peculiar to feel lonely inside your own life.”“When it rains like that, dark in the after [...]


    • Her writing is so nice and easy/accessible even though she's writing about pretty depressing stuff.This book is all about all sorts of relationships, a lot about relationship breakdowns and all seem so apt and real but all are so very different.Looking forward to reading more of her short stories as this is the first collection of hers that I've read.Finished approx 20/04


    • Very readable, beautifully written short stories - its not often I so rapidly care about the characters. I was especially concerned about the two blokes going for a hike in "The mirrored twins". "My daughter the fox" was a surprising and touching fantasy dropped in the middle. This one a gift from Clare & Ian.


    • An arresting collection of short stories built around the theme of loneliness - or rather, the desperate and sometimes strange things that people do to avoid being lonely. At points this book is disconcerting to read, because Jackie Kay is unsparing in her examination of despair, but it's also extremely funny. There's a kind of warmth and dry humour to Kay's writing that prevents Wish I Was Here from becoming too stark.I'd recommend this book to any short story connoisseurs, fans of Scottish fic [...]


    • Jackie Kay deserves the title of Literary Genius, she deserves to become a classic and to be remembered and celebrated centuries into the future for her beautiful prose. I studied Kay's Trumpet in my first semester of university and absolutely loved it, then came across Red Dust Road and Wish I Was Here in second-hand book shops and picked them up, adding them to my summer reading pile. I don't regret picking up either of these books as they are both wonderful reads. Despite the fact that I usua [...]


    • HIGHLIGHTS: The strongest stories in this collection were You Go When You Can No Longer Stay, Wish I Was Here, The Silence and Sonata. The rest of the stories were good but these really stood out. In You Go When You Can No Longer Stay, two women cope in different ways with the disintegration of their relationship. In Wish I Was Here, the title story, a woman follows her best friend and her new lover to their holiday getaway like a creep stalker. In The Silence, Kay uses a split narrative to show [...]


    • Some of these were very good (I liked My Daughter the Fox, Sonata, and The Mirrored Twins especially), but I found myself getting a bit grumpy with the (non-)endings, most of which are wide open and/or too abrupt for my liking. I'll definitely check out her novels at some point though.


    • A mixed bag of short stories - some merely so so but some good 'uns. I particularly liked "How to get away with suicide", the one about the woman who looks like The Queen, the woman who has a fox for a daughter.Best line "You can get through anything wey the help o' a scone"


    • I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did Why Don't You Stop Talking, but it's still a really awesome book. I just love the way she writes, her use of language, everything.[return][return]As with her previous short story collection, most of these are about queer people (mostly lesbians, though the last story is about gay men), though this time they seem to be mostly not about people of color (only two (IIRC) are specified as being PoC and many are specified as being white, with a few that don't [...]


    • I really enjoyed this. Her stories are very short - usually short enough to read on a train journey to work, so it's a perfect commuting book. They're almost all stories about couples who are breaking up or falling in love, and they are very believable. MIght find some other Jackie Kay books to read.


    • Some fabulous; some indifferent. I was generally impressed though so will be trying one of her novels sometime.




    • i just love Jackie Kay's stuff. short stories to make you think, even if the themes are a bit repetitive



    • A real mixed bag of stories. Some were very good (Not the Queen, The Mirrored Twins & How to Get Away with Suicide) but a couple were dreadful (My Daughter the Fox and The Silence).


    • I found these stories all a bit too similar, mostly seemed to be about long term couples splitting up. Sometimes felt I was reading the same story over and over again



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