The Ghost Who Bled

A simple act of gallantry in the Malaysian jungle spawns a lifelong feud in the Home Counties… A fading actor with a terminal illness devises a meticulous plan to leave the stage in style… A pregnant composer contemplates motherhood at the end of civilisation…

Achingly sad and boundlessly inventive, Norminton’s short story collection is as witty and lyrical as it is moving. Including deeply insecure time travellers,medieval mystics and futuristic body-modification cults, the stories in The Ghost Who Bled amount to a tour de force of literary world building, blending the historical sensibilities of Andrew Miller with the speculative dystopias of J.G. Ballard, all infused with the morbid ingenuity of Roald Dahl.

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“Witty, intelligent, crunchily written, Norminton’s collection is pure reading pleasure.”
Neel Mukherjee (Booker-shortlisted author of The Lives of Others)

"All the doors of the imagination are open to Gregory Norminton, the author of micro-fictions and exuberantly long novels; this collection roves magnificently from one side of the world to the other, bringing together people and their predicaments as only its author can. Read it and be transported, too."
Michael Caines (The TLS)

"Gregory Norminton’s tautly written, mordant short stories make the reader sit up and think. Startlingly original imagery and that rare thing, moral and political bite."
Maggie Gee

"Norminton's beautifully written stories capture the range and complexity of life with wit and compassion, insight and pathos: hugely enjoyable, very much recommended." - James Miller (The Lost Boys, Sunshine State)

These wonderfully accomplished stories range over time and place, but what holds them together, other than the mastery of the language and the sheer gift of storytelling displayed, is their constant, complex humanity, and the sense that being human is only part of being something larger, what the narrator of the title story calls "the sufficient planet of home". - Charles Lambert (The Children's Home)

“Anything by Gregory Norminton is a pleasure to read.” Time Out

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27 Apr 2017

About the Author

Gregory Norminton

Gregory Norminton’s novels include The Ship of Fools (2002), Arts and Wonders (2004), Ghost Portrait
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