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...
Spanning centuries and continents, the stories in this collection amount to a tour de force of literary worldbuilding. From deeply insecure time travellers to medieval mystics and futuristic body modification cults, Norminton’s characters find themselves torn between conflicting impulses – temptation and fortitude, hubris and shame, longing and regret. By turns sad, strange and darkly comic, The Ghost Who Bled reveals a master storyteller of incredible range.
"This is a sublime collection of short stories by a writer whose breath-taking flexibility of style gives life to an array of different voices... Unfailingly beautiful, deceptively simple and lyrically powerful"
Claire Looby - The Irish Times
"There is a yesteryear quality to much of Gregory Norminton’s writing, at least in these stories, several of which look backward in style to classics of the genre."
Peter Gordon - Asian Review of Books
“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."
"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
Listen to Gregory chatting about the book and 'baring all' on BBC Radio Sheffield here.