Madame Zero (Faber & Faber)
“Sarah Hall calls the short story a place for dark psychology; she likes reading ‘stories that give you a huge wallop, one you don’t see on the surface’. That just about pins the collection down for me – these are stories that bleed on the page.” – Professor Ailsa Cox
What the Critics say?
“Great short stories are the shape of themselves: image, voice and plot dovetailed to the chosen form. Hall’s stories are vixen-shaped: urban and rural, feral and natural, female and stinky, beautiful and tough. Like Mrs Fox herself, they slide quietly into view and stare at us with their citrine eyes; exceptional, compelling, frightening and authentic.” – The Guardian
“Hall is as bold with her pen as her character Evie is with her newfound sensuality: there’s nothing furtive about these brilliant stories. Each one is a leap into a dark, mysterious void that ultimately reveals glittering terrors therein.” – The Independent
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Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She is the prize-winning author of five novels – Haweswater (Faber & Faber, 2002), The Electric Michelangelo (Faber & Faber, 2004), The Carhullan Army (Faber & Faber, 2007), How to Paint a Dead Man (Faber & Faber, 2009) and The Wolf Border (Faber & Faber, 2015) – as well as The Beautiful Indifference (Faber & Faber, 2011), a collection of short stories, which won the Portico Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. The first story in the collection, ‘Butchers Perfume’, was also shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award – a prize Hall won in 2013 with ‘Mrs Fox’.