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Landing Gear   Landing Gear  

Landing Gear

Suburban housewife Harriet spends her days doing what she’s worst at. Formerly a local radio host, now she grocery shops for her family who has too much to eat, parents a son who refuses to communicate with her, and tries to be a wife to a man who hasn’t embraced her in years. But what starts out as a mundane trip to the supermarket turns her world upside down when a mysterious man falls out of the sky from the landing gear of an airplane onto her car, and survives. He’s starving and he’s freezing cold. What can she do but bring him home to her family?

Landing Gear is a sprawling story about the frenetic quality of contemporary life. It addresses teen drug culture, middle-age ennui, the challenges of globalization, and the changing role of the media, exploring the intersection of modern technology and the modern family… there is an unexpected lightness to the narration, a quality that can be attributed to Pullinger’s sharp and precise prose… A fitting follow-up to its award-winning predecessor, Landing Gear is a beautiful and profound story about finding love, peace, and meaning in a too-busy world. starred review by Angie Abdou, in Quill & Quire.

Published in hardcover and ebook by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House Canada, on 15 April 2014, and Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster NY from 20 May 2014. Available for pre-order via all good booksellers and e-retailers. Published in the UK as an ebook only: available now.

The Mistress of Nothing

The Mistress of Nothing

Novel (paperback), WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION 2009, McArthur & Co (Can), Serpent’s Tail (UK)

‘A highly sensual evocation of place and time, Kate Pullinger’s The Mistress of Nothing is a journey down the Nile that explores the subtle complexities of power, race, class and love during the Victorian era. The book, narrated by the character of the maid, Sally Naldrett, has one of the most distinctive and memorable voices in recent literature.’
– GG Jury citation

eBook editions

A Little Stranger

A Little Stranger

Weird Sister

Weird Sister

The Last Time I Saw Jane

The Last Time I Saw Jane

Where Does Kissing End?

Where Does Kissing End?

Novels and short stories

A Little Stranger

A Little Stranger

“Gripping, sharp and brilliantly kind. She knows the gamble that life is and she never once flinches. Her books are always revelations. What a good read”
Ali Smith

Sometimes everything is not enough.

Fran has a good life: a happy marriage to a successful man, a healthy, sweet-natured toddler, a nice London flat. Then, one day, she walks out, leaving it all behind.As Fran travels to Las Vegas and on to Vancouver she is haunted by memories of her own childhood and driven to reconnect with her estranged mother, Ireni, whose descent into alcoholism has left her destitute.

Will understanding why her own mother failed as a parent help Fran lay the ghosts of her past to rest and return home to her husband and child, or is she destined to repeat her mother’s mistakes?

Listen to an audio interview with Kate here.

Weird Sister

Weird Sister

‘Not unlike Daphne de Maurier retold by Margaret Atwood… Pullinger’s most thrilling novel to date.’
-Times Literary Supplement

Agnes Samuel is an American, beautiful, witty, cool, the kind of woman people remember. She arrives among the respectable citizens of Warboys like a cat among the pigeons.

Before long she has insinuated herself into the affections of the sleepy fenland village and into the heart of the ancient Throckmorton family, a family that harbours a dark secret.

Nobody remembers another Agnes Samuel from long ago, a frightened girl betrayed by her wealthy neighbours and hanged as a witch.

The Last Time I Saw Jane

The Last Time I Saw Jane

‘Her contemporary tale… is entirely successful and beautifully drawn.’
- Midweek

Audrey is a journalist living in London. Anonymous in the city she has left her troubled past far behind in Canada. A passionate affair with Jack, and an intense new friendship with Shereen bring uncertainties and confusion and Audrey finds herself drawn into the dramatic story of James Douglas,19th Century pioneer and the first mixed race Governor of British Columbia. As she digs deeper into his life she is forced to confront her own past, her high school friendship with Jane and the affair they had with a teacher.

Spanning two centuries The Last Time I Saw Jane is a powerful novel of love and betrayal, race and sex, and the magnetic pull of the past on the present.

Where Does Kissing End?

Where Does Kissing End?

‘Precise, compelling, Kate Pullinger takes the metaphor of vampirism and explores its every crevice, to produce a very sexy depiction of amour fou.’

Mina should fear the night, she should fear what she becomes. But she does not…

Stephen Smith is in love. The object of his desire is Mina Savage, the illegitimate child whose parents are themselves both illegitimate, a young woman whose ambitions and appetites outstrip Stephen’s wildest fantasies.They become lovers, but while Stephen pursues domestic tranquillity Mina becomes ever more elusive and mysterious. When she repeatedly disappears at night, Stephen tries to force her to be faithful to him, with dire consequences.

Where Does Kissing End is an erotic tale of obsession and possession with a dark twist at its heart.

A Curious Dream

A Curious Dream

A Curious Dream assembles stories from Kate Pullinger’s two previously published collections, as well as eight new works. The collection also includes two pieces of memoir, and introductions to her digital fiction, including her multi-award-winning digital story project, Inanimate Alice. Together the stories in this collection show Pullinger’‘s deft skill imagining a delightful range of characters in her compelling, honest prose.

My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison

My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison

Short stories, Phoenix House/Phoenix, 1997

‘Pullinger isn’t afraid of looking at anything. These stories are deft, honest and compelling.
-Independent

When the Monster Dies

When the Monster Dies

Novel, Cape/Picador, 1989

‘An intelligent book, finely placed and well written.’
- The Listener
copies available direct from author
also available in Swedish

Tiny Lies

Tiny Lies

Short stories, Cape/Picador, 1988

‘Pullinger writes with a sardonic humour that had me laughing out loud.’
- Cosmopolitan

Forcibly Bewitched

short stories

The Piano

The Piano

Co-writer with Jane Campion, novel of the film, Bloomsbury, 1994

available in numerous editions and translations

Anthologies - edited by Kate Pullinger

Something Was There

Something Was There

Nothing was changed, nothing at all, and yet it began to seem to me that something was there ...Something Was There  is the latest collection of short stories from the 2011 Asham Short Stories Award.  This year’s theme is Ghosts and Gothic and the anthology includes commissioned stories by Naomi Alderman, Kate Clanchy, and Polly Samson.  The anthology is edited by Kate Pullinger.

Waving at the Gardener: The Asham Award Short Story Collection

Waving at the Gardener: The Asham Award Short Story Collection

edited by Kate Pullinger

Bloomsbury, 2009

Is This What You Want?

Is This What You Want?

The Asham Award Short-story Collection ~ short stories, Bloomsbury, 2007

A dazzling, witty and richly varied collection of short stories, which includes contributions by Patricia Duncker, Rachel Cusk, Tessa Hadley, Emily Perkins, Nancy Lee and Kate Pullinger - as well as the twelve brand-new voices of those shortlisted for the Asham Short-Story Award 2007. The Asham Award was launched in 1996 to support and encourage new writers, and is Britain’s only prize for short stories by women.

Don’t Know A Good Thing:  Prize Winning Stories by Women

Shoe Fly Baby

Shoe Fly Baby

Anthology of prize winning stories from the Asham Trust Award, Bloomsbury, 2004.

Harlot Red

Harlot Red

Anthology of prize winning stories from the Asham Trust Award, story by Kate Pullinger, ‘Fur Coats’. Serpent’s Tail

The Writer’s Drawing Book

co-edited with Julian Rothenstein

Border Lines: Stories of Exile & Home

Stories of exile and home, Serpent’s Tail, 1994

The Gambling Box

compendium

The Writer’s Notebook

co-edited with Julian Rothenstein

Anthologies - including pieces by Kate Pullinger

Overheard: stories to read outloud

Overheard: stories to read outloud

Overheard: stories to read outloud is a new anthology, edited by Jonathan Taylor, published by Salt.  It includes my story, ‘Estranged and Unanticipated’, which is part of a series of stories I’m writing about a man called Richard.  Buy direct from Salt here.

In The Flesh:  Twenty Writers Explore the Body

In The Flesh:  Twenty Writers Explore the Body

In The Flesh is a collection of twenty essays on the subject of the body.  Published in Canada by Brindle & Glass (you can buy direct from their website), this anthology was edited by Kathy Page and Lynne Van Luven.  Kate’s essay, ‘A Serious Arteriopath’, is a memoir about the heart:  the hearts of her parents, and her own heart.

Punk Fiction: An Anthology Of Short Stories Inspired By Punk

Punk Fiction: An Anthology Of Short Stories Inspired By Punk

Portico Books, 2009

Edited by Janine Bullman. Proceeds go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Includes story ‘Public Image Ltd’ by Kate Pullinger.

Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths

Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths

Anthology of short stories (paperback), Serpent’s Tail, 2009

Includes story ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ by Kate Pullinger.

How Maxine Learned to Love Her Legs

How Maxine Learned to Love Her Legs

Short stories, edited by Sarah Lefanu

Amazonian

Amazonian

Travel writing by women, edited by Dea Birkett and Sara Wheeler

How To Write Fiction

in How to Write

‘My Mother, My Father and Me’

in A New Book of Contemporary British Short Stories (Oxford/Moscow:  Perspective Publications, 2005)

‘At Home with George Clooney and Jodie Foster’

in The Mechanic’s Institute Review, Issue no. 3

‘My Mother, My Father and Me’

in How Maxine Learned to Love Her Legs, and other takes of growing up ed. Sarah Lefanu

‘Confessions of a Girl, Part One:  The Father’

in High Risk 2: Writings on Sex, Death, and Subversion ed. Scholder, Amy and Silverber, Ira

‘Dear All’

in Bad Sex, ed. John Hoyland

‘A Kind of Desired Invasion’

in So Very English, ed. Marsha Rowe

‘A Prosaic But Punishable Offence’

in Colours of a New Day:  Writing for South Africa, ed. Sarah Lefanu and Stephen Hayward

more here

‘The Dinosaurs of Love’

in Storia 3: Consequences, (London:  Pandora Press/Unwin Hyman, 1989)

‘Celia and the Bicycle’ in Storia 1

(London: Pandora Press/Unwin Hyman, 1988)

‘A Modern Gothic Morality Tale’

in Sex & The City ed. Rowe, Marsha (London:  Serpent’s Tail, 1989)

‘The Good Ferry’

in Amazonian: the Penguin Book of Women’s New Travel Writing ed. Birkett, Dea, and Wheeler, Sara (London:  Penguin Books 1998)

‘Hitching Through the Yukon’, in Half the Earth: Women’s Experiences of Travel Worldwide

ed. Jansz, Natania; Davies, Miranda; Longrigg, Laura; Montefiore, Lucinda, (London:  Pandora Press/Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986)

reprinted in Women Travel:  First-hand accounts from more than 60 countries (London:  Rough Guides, Ltd,. Penguin Books, 1995) and in More Women Travel:  First-hand accounts from more than 60 countries (London:  Rough Guides, Ltd,. Penguin Books, 1999)

The Book My Mother Can’t Read’ in Brought to Book:  The balance of books and life

ed. Breakwell, Ian, and Hammond, Paul (London:  Penguin, 1994)

‘Drive-In’ in Seeing in the Dark: A Compendium of Cinemagoing

ed. Breakwell, Ian, and Hammond, Paul (London:  Serpent’s Tail, 1990)

‘Small Town:  Pigeon Fancy’

in Kunapipi: Journal of Post-Colonial Writing ed. McLeod, John, Vol XXI Number 2, 1999

‘The Visits Room’

in Tank, Issue #2, 1998

‘The Visits Room’

in Gargoyle, ed Peabody, Richard M, Number 39/40 (Washington:  Paycock Press, 1997)

Academic papers

Pullinger, Kate, ‘Digital Fiction:  From the Page to the Screen’

in Transdisciplinary Digital Art:  Sound, Vision and the New Screen (Berlin Heidelberg New York:  Springer, 2008)