Alison MacLeod

All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury)

What is your favourite short story from the book?

“Choosing one’s own favourite stories is perhaps a little like choosing a favourite child.  There’s no way of choosing, or if there is, that choice might change by the day or year. I suppose I feel closest to the ‘Imagining Chekov’ sequence of stories (if a sequence is allowed).  Not only is it a homage to a writer I love, and a meditation on the making of stories – the mystery of which has long fascinated me – it was, in part, inspired by the life and death of someone I loved, who is re-cast in the figure of Chekhov as TB takes its toll (and also in the character of Liam in my story “Oscillate Wildly”).  As Chekhov and Olga arrive at their hotel, I see the two of us, years ago, arriving at ours. It gives me pleasure when I see his influence, energy and humour still taking life, and making trouble, on the page.” – Alison MacLeod

What the Critics say?

“Through nuanced and often lyrical prose, MacLeod imbues cultural figures and events with color and emotional authenticity. Even rumors are swaddled in a luminous believability until they are beyond doubt.”  – L.A Review of Books

“MacLeod’s collection of stories deftly blends fiction and facts, memory and biography, to delve into the precarious nature of human life. . . . Finely layered and often teasingly opaque, MacLeod’s captivating book of stories presents a diverse array of voices, each as particular as the last.” – Publishers Weekly

Buy All the Beloved Ghosts here

Alison MacLeod was born in Canada and has lived in the UK since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling (Macmillan, 1996), The Wave Theory of Angels (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, 2005), and Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, 2013), which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, and a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (Penguin, 2007). Alison MacLeod is the joint winner of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award 2016. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and lives in Brighton.

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