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7th July 2012

SMALL WONDER FESTIVAL: THE DOLL

Polly Samson, Anthony Quinn, and Daisy Goodwin discuss Daphne du Maurier's haunting short story collection 'The Doll'. Click here to listen.


12th June 2012

THE ARTS GARDEN PARTY OF THE YEAR

Polly will be attending the Voewood Festival at 1pm on Sunday 26th August.
Click here for information and tickets.



2nd April 2012

SPANISH EDITION OF 'OUT OF THE PICTURE' PUBLISHED

Polly's novel is now available in Spanish. Click here for more details.


18th March 2012
REVIEW: BOOK GEEKS

"Samson manages to avoid the heavy, too quirky tone that a lot of short story collections can take..."

Read the full review here.



25th November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'Remote Control'.


24th November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'The Rose Before the Vine'.


23rd November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'The Birthday Present'.


22nd November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'Barcarolle'.


21st November 2011
VIRAGO BOOK CLUB LIVE EVENT

Polly will be at the Virago offices on the evening of Tuesday 29th November to talk about 'Perfect Lives' with an audience of Book Club members. Click here for more information.

If you'd like to be part of the audience, please sign up to the Virago Book Club for details of how to apply.



21st November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME: PERFECT LIVES

Tonight's story was 'The Egg'.


18th November 2011
REVIEW: DAILY EXPRESS

"An appealing read that confirms Polly Samson as a mistress of prose."

Read the full review here.



17th November 2011
BOOK AT BEDTIME

'Perfect Lives' will be the BBC's Book at Bedtime next week, with five readings taken from Polly's short story collection.

Find out more here.



7th November 2011
THE MAN WHO FELL

Polly's latest short story is published in today's Guardian newspaper.

Read it here.



6th November 2011
PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK: THE OBSERVER

"Samson is a deft writer, and each story adds depth and subtlety to those that precede it."

Read the full review here.



29th OCTOBER 2011
TODAY'S GUARDIAN

The Guardian is giving away a 128-page book, which includes Polly's 'The Man Who Fell' and short stories by Margaret Atwood, Rose Tremain, Audrey Niffenegger, and William Trevor.


16th September 2011
A WEEKEND IN OCTOBER

Polly will be attending the Lancaster Literature Festival at 2pm on Saturday 15th October and, at 12 noon on Sunday 16th, the Cheltenham Literature Festival where she'll be discussing the short story genre with Judith Hermann.


6th September 2011
SMALL WONDER

Polly will be attending the Charleston Small Wonder Literary Festival (22-25 September) on Saturday 24th September.


26th August 2011
VOEWOOD FESTIVAL

Polly will be in conversation with Damian Barr about families and storytelling this Monday at 3.00pm in the Hire Intelligence Blue Tent.


13th August 2011
REVIEW (LYING IN BED): PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Haunting and satisfying..."

Read the full review here.



28th June 2011
REVIEW & INTERVIEW: THE SHORT REVIEW

"The stories in this collection successfully contort the myth of so-called 'perfect lives' into something everyone of us can recognize."

Read the full review by Michelle Reale here.

This issue of The Short Review also features an interview with Polly, which you can read here.



10th June 2011
REVIEW ('THE DOLL'): THE INDEPENDENT

"Introduced with elegant clarity by Polly Samson."

Read the full review here.



1st June 2011
THE MORNING AFTER

The Daily Telegraph published Polly's story 'The Morning After' on Saturday. You can read it here.


27th May 2011
HAY FESTIVAL & 'THE MORNING AFTER'

Polly will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Hay Festival this Sunday at 5.30pm in the Sky Arts Studio.

The Daily Telegraph, sponsor of the Hay Festival, is running Polly's story 'The Morning After' in the newspaper tomorrow (the morning before!).



21st May 2011
REVIEW: THE GUARDIAN

"Cleverly interlinking stories."

Read the full review here.



18th May 2011
DAPHNE DU MAURIER FESTIVAL

Polly will be discussing 'Perfect Lives' with Professor Helen Taylor from the University of Exeter on Thursday 19th May 2011 at 10.00am.


14th May 2011
REVIEW ('THE DOLL'): THE SPECTATOR

"Buy it too for the perceptive introduction by Polly Samson, one of our best contemporary short-story writers, who has something new to say about du Maurier – quite a feat in itself."

Read the full review here.



12th May 2011
READING: SALTDEAN LIBRARY

Polly will be reading from 'Perfect Lives' at Saltdean Library on Saturday 14th May from 11am. All are welcome and entry is FREE.

Click here for more details.



11th May 2011
PODCAST: eiCLUB HAY FESTIVAL DISCUSSION

Polly was a member of the Opinion Former Panel at today's 'The Importance of Books and Writing: An eiClub Hay Festival Discussion' event hosted by The Hospital Club and chaired by Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival.

The eiClub is a 'connections gym' run by Editorial Intelligence, ensuring stimulating and time-saving ways to get the best ideas flowing between working professionals.

A FREE podcast of the discussion is available here.



10th May 2011
PERFECT LIVES SHORTLISTED FOR EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY SHORT STORY PRIZE

Polly has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2011 for 'Perfect Lives'.

Now in its fifth year, it is the UK's only literary award that recognises a published collection of short stories. The prize is open to anyone, and the shortlist is a mix of both well-known short story writers and newcomers. Alongside Polly, whose 'Perfect Lives' was recently published in paperback to positive reviews, are Graham Mort (Touch), Michele Roberts (Mud: Stories of Sex and Love), Helen Simpson (In-flight Entertainment), and Tom Vowler (The Method and Other Stories).

Ailsa Cox, the competition co-ordinator at Edge Hill University, said: "A good short story is intense and exciting, sometimes sad and often very comic. The five collections all have these vital ingredients – so I predict that judging will be difficult this year". The judging panel this year includes: scriptwriter and short story author Jeremy Dyson; author, presenter and journalist Stuart Maconie; and Marcus Gipps, previously of Blackwell books, now an editor at Gollancz.

The winner will be announced at the award ceremony, to be held in London in July.



4th May 2011
WOMAN'S HOUR

Polly was talking about Daphne du Maurier on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour today. You can listen to the full programme here or forward the player to 34:25 for the feature.


2nd May 2011
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL FRINGE

Polly Samson will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Brighton Festival Fringe on Friday 20th May 2011
at 7.00pm.



1st May 2011
REVIEW: THE SUNDAY TIMES

Read the review here.


30th April 2011
WOMAN'S HOUR

Polly will be talking about Daphne du Maurier on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour on Wednesday 4th May.


29th April 2011
REVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT

"Samson's prose is by turns simple, lyrical and painterly, creating sudden, vivid pictures with a few
deft strokes."

Read the full review here.



6th April 2011
HAY FESTIVAL UPDATE

Polly Samson will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales, on Sunday 29th May 2011 at 5.30pm in the Sky Arts Studio.


4th April 2011
INTERVIEW: THE DAILY BEAST

Polly Samson talks about the nature of perfection in her new book, her attempt to master the piano, and how her songwriting and fiction-writing are invariably linked.

Read the interview here.



22nd March 2011
18 BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN APRIL 2011: OPRAH.COM

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' is one of Oprah's '18 Books to Watch for in April 2011'.

Read more here.



14th March 2011
READING ROOM: O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

News - O, The Oprah Magazine

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' has been selected for Oprah's Reading Room in the April issue of
'O, The Oprah Magazine', which is published today.

Read about it here.



7th March 2011
REVIEW: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Samson's deft touch balances pathos, love, and humor, providing an absorbing look into very real contemporary lives."

Read the full review here.



27th February 2011
INTERVIEW: FOYLES

Polly Samson on the publication of her latest short story collection, 'Perfect Lives'.

Read the interview here.



20th February 2011
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Newly rediscovered tales by Daphne du Maurier are acclaimed as 'gothic, suspenseful and macabre'.

Read more here.



18th February 2011
REVIEW: HARPER'S BAZAAR HOT LIST

"A thoughtful, riveting collection of intertwined stories of love, loss and keeping up appearances."

Read the full review here.



18th February 2011
THE BOOKSELLER

Polly has written the introduction to a collection of newly-discovered Daphne du Maurier
stories: The Doll.



9th February 2011
REVIEW: NEW STATESMAN

"Intensely satisfying."

Read the full review here.



30th January 2011
ON MY RADAR: THE OBSERVER

Edward Hall's Cultural Highlights.

Read them here.



20th January 2011
HAY FESTIVAL

Polly Samson will be talking about 'Perfect Lives' at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales. The date for her event will be announced soon.


18th January 2011
PUBLICATION DATE

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' will be available in hardback in the USA and Canada on 1st March. More news and links to follow.


13th January 2011
BOOK LAUNCH: VOGUE

Vogue party pictures from launch (all hideous).

See them here.



13th January 2011
COLUMN: KATE MORRIS

Kate Morris finds Perfect Lives "bittersweet and exquisite" in her Times column.

Read the column here.



12th January 2011
FIRST US REVIEW: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Dreamy, evocative prose."

Read the full review here.



5th January 2011
FEATURED AUTHOR: NEW BOOKS

Polly Samson looks back on the origin of The Egg...

Read the feature here.



24th December 2010
REVIEW: BIDISHA

"At the end of this word perfect, clever, cruel and beautifully curated selection, I am certain of two things. I will never marry. And I will always read Polly Samson."

Read the full review here.



22nd December 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE SPECTATOR

"Polly Samson's new collection of short stories, Perfect Lives, is terrific."

Read the review here.



20th December 2010
WHAT I'M READING: UNTITLED BOOKS

Read the interview here.


8th December 2010
REVIEW: ELLE

"Utterly engrossing...a concise but affecting literary treat."

Read the full review here.



7th December 2010
CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE: PRIMROSE HILL BOOKS

Primrose Hill Books have chosen 'Perfect Lives' as one of 16 fiction titles for their Christmas Catalogue: "Perfectly nuanced, deftly interlinked series of stories...told with wit, insight and compassion. Surprisingly frank, raw, and beautifully written".


6th December 2010
REVIEW: WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY

"Sumptuous...a collection to take time over and savour."

Read the full review here.



4th December 2010
CRITICAL EYE: THE GUARDIAN

"Exquisite stories."

Read in full here.



29th November 2010
REVIEW: NEW STATESMAN

"Intensely satisfying."

Read the full review here.



28th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE SUNDAY TIMES "FICTION CHOICE"

Read the review here.


28th November 2010
REVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"Dazzling collection."

Read the full review here.



27th November 2010
REVIEW: THE SPECTATOR

"Perfect Lives has been worth the ten-year wait."

Read the full review here.



26th November 2010
REVIEW: TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

"A pleasurable form...finely tuned."

Read the full review here.



26th November 2010
REVIEW: DAILY MAIL

"Smooth, self-contained narratives sit together like pebbles on a beach."

Read the full review here.



25th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: EVENING STANDARD

Read the review here.


25th November 2010
'TUNE IN' TO RADIO 3

Polly's short story 'Barcarolle' about a frustrated piano tuner was broadcast this evening on Radio 3, read by Rory Kinnear who is currently playing Hamlet at the National Theatre.


21st November 2010
REVIEW: THE OBSERVER

"Perfect Lives confirms Samson's reputation as a significant chronicler of contemporary life."

Read the full review here.



20th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE TELEGRAPH REVIEW

"A life-enhancing treat of a book."

Read more here.



19th November 2010
REVIEW: THE INDEPENDENT

"Polly Samson's short stories have a light touch. They are funny, too."

Read the full review here.



15th November 2010
JOOLS HOLLAND SHOW

Polly was Jools Holland's guest on Radio 2 today.


14th November 2010
PERFECT LIVES CHOSEN BY SUNDAY TIMES AS A 'MUST READ'

Click here to read more.


13th November 2010
BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE SPECTATOR

Read the review here.


8th November 2010
COVER STORY: THE LADY

News - The Lady - Click to Enlarge.

Polly Samson's 'Perfect Lives' is the cover story of this week's 'The Lady', which is published today and available to download here.



7th November 2010
REVIEW: THE SUNDAY TIMES

"Original and compelling."

Read the full review here.



7th November 2010
INTERVIEW: THE OBSERVER

"Subtle and complex; an echo chamber of cause and effect, and art and life, and life and loss."

Click here to read the interview by Carole Cadwalladr.



6th November 2010
REVIEW: THE GUARDIAN

"Lyrical...lush and sensuous."

Read the full review here.



5th November 2010
WOMAN'S HOUR

Polly was interviewed today by Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. You can listen to the full programme here or forward the player to 21.07 for the interview.


4th November 2010
REVIEW: EVENING STANDARD

"Magnificently tender, caustic and thrillingly filthy."

Read the full review here.



4th November 2010
PUBLICATION DAY

'Perfect Lives' is published today in hardback by Virago.


1st November 2010
FOYLES' BOOK OF THE MONTH

"Samson's writing is as effortlessly elegant as Kazuo Ishiguro or Hilary Mantel at their best."

Read more here.



1st November 2010
PERFECT LIVES (Part 2)



The second part of Gavin Elder's short film about 'Perfect Lives'.


30th October 2010
REVIEW: FINANCIAL TIMES

"This is a masterly book, and it's impossible not to start all over again the minute you finish reading it."

Read the full review here.



26th October 2010
IVAN KNOWS

Polly Samson's story Ivan Knows from 'Perfect Lives' is runner-up for the 2010 V.S. Pritchett Prize.


19th October 2010
PERFECT LIVES (Part 1)



Polly talks about the inspiration for her new book 'Perfect Lives' in this short film by Gavin Elder.


2nd September 2010
THE ROSE BEFORE THE VINE

A new Polly Samson story will be published in Issue 12 of The International Literary Quarterly.


19th August 2010
THE JUST WHEN STORIES – AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK

Polly's latest story, 'The Morning After', has been published in 'The Just When Stories'. Click here to buy the hardback.


5th August 2010
BOOK JACKET

Here's the finished jacket. I'm so pleased with it. Thank you Virago. Thank you Charlie for lending a hand. Thank you Chloe Firouzian for taking such a good photograph.

News - Perfect Lives Jacket - Click to Enlarge.
 
 
 


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