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Justine Jordan: Jayne AnnePhillips

22 February 2001
by Jayne AnnePhillips.
Cape, 292 pp., £15.99, September 2000, 0 224 05975 0
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... Everything happens at once’ in the year charted by Jayne AnnePhillips in MotherKind – her heroine Kate becomes and loses a mother. The book records tiny actions and reactions: Kate changes baby Tatie’s nappy and her mother’s sickroom flowers, spoonfeeds mashed-up banana to one and morphine to the other ...

Veering Wildly

Kirsty Gunn: Jayne AnnePhillips

30 July 2014
Quiet Dell 
by Jayne AnnePhillips.
Cape, 445 pp., £18.99, April 2014, 978 0 224 09935 6
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... sorts of prizes for stories that Raymond Carver described as ‘unlike any in our literature’, Jayne AnnePhillips has always written this way. Her writing territory, though recognisably American (she appeared in the 1983 issue of Granta that introduced a new kind of writing from the US that the then editor Bill ...

Doing something

Ahdaf Soueif

1 October 1987
Persian Nights 
by Diane Johnson.
Chatto, 352 pp., £10.95, July 1987, 0 7011 3234 5
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Smile, and Other Stories 
by Deborah Moggach.
Viking, 175 pp., £10.95, September 1987, 0 670 81658 2
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Fast Lanes 
by Jayne AnnePhillips.
Faber, 148 pp., £8.95, August 1987, 0 571 14924 3
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... of him, and each time she’s done so we’ve learned something disagreeable: Jeffrey is ill-mannered, he is bad tempered, she had looked inside him ‘once or twice and found only crossness and clutter’; his grievances are petty, his physique is puny. And yet she is resigned to being married to him, even though she realises that in Iran she is enjoying ...

End of Story

Robert Taubman

20 November 1980
A Humument 
by Tom Phillips.
Thames and Hudson, 367 pp., £12, October 1980, 0 500 09146 3
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The Past 
by Neil Jordan.
Cape, 232 pp., £6.50, October 1980, 0 224 01845 0
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Black Tickets 
by Jayne AnnePhillips.
Allen Lane, 194 pp., £5.95, October 1980, 0 7139 1354 1
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... strip as it has entered Pop Art – or as in the single words of type in a Cubist painting. Tom Phillips is a painter who has exhibited earlier versions of these pages as a form of Gesamtkunstwerk, with the Coleridgean aim of ‘keeping the greatest number of things suspended in a unity’. In the past, he has also used other material such as ...


Nicholas Spice

7 February 1985
A Late Divorce 
by A.B. Yehoshua, translated by Hillel Halkin.
Harvill, 352 pp., £8.95, October 1984, 0 00 271448 5
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Machine Dreams 
by Jayne AnnePhillips.
Faber, 331 pp., £8.95, October 1984, 0 571 13398 3
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... every corner is lit by the bright sunlight of an Israeli spring. This other world is the world of Jayne AnnePhillips’s Machine Dreams, a novel in which Yehuda and Naomi Kaminka would have been temperamentally much more at home. Like Yehoshua, Phillips shares out much of the ...

Carry on Camping

Mary Hawthorne

6 April 1995
by Jayne AnnePhillips.
Faber, 300 pp., £14.99, January 1995, 9780571144907
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... Jayne AnnePhillips’s first novel of more than a decade ago, Machine Dreams, reconstructed the history of three generations of a single middle-class, small-town American family over the course of some fifty years. From the perspective, by turns, of parents and children, she contemplated the complexities and banalities of relations among family members against the political background of the time, focusing on the far-ranging effects that were brought to bear by the Second World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War ...

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