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From the Neck Up and Other Stories

Aliya Whiteley



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14 September 2021
The new collection of humane, beautiful and disarming short stories from the award-winning author of The Beauty, Clarke Award nominee The Loosening Skin and The Arrival of Missives, Aliya Whiteley. In 16 stories Whiteley deftly unpeels the strangeness of everyday life through beguiling gardens, rebellious bodies and journeys across familiar worlds, with her trademark wit and compassion.

Witness the future of farming in a new Ice Age, or the artist bringing life to glass, the many-eyed monsters we carry and the secret cities inside our bodies, the alien invasion through our language to the Chantress and her twists on the fairy tale. Fascinating and always unexpected, Whiteley is unlike any other writer working today.
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781789094756
ISBN 10:   1789094755
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon in 1974, and currently lives in West Sussex, UK. She writes novels, short stories and non-fiction and has been published in places such as The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as Unsung Stories' 2084 and Lonely Planet's Better than Fiction I and II. She has been shortlisted for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, Shirley Jackson Award, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction awards, the John W Campbell Award, and a James Tiptree Jr award. Her stories are unpredictable; they can be terrifying, tender, ferocious and deeply funny. She also regularly reviews film, books and television for Den of Geek. She blogs at: and she tweets most days as @AliyaWhiteley.

Reviews for From the Neck Up and Other Stories

[Shows] Aliya Whiteley's poetic skill with horrific-tinged fantasy. From The Neck Up and Other Stories, feels like a major collection. - The Washington Post I firmly believe that Aliya Whiteley is one of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today. - Nina Allan, author of The Rift We can expect great things from Aliya Whiteley. - Rising Shadow If you're looking for deep waters and shadows in the pages of a summer read, come to Skein Island. - Mookychick PRAISE FOR THE LOOSENING SKIN This book will cement Whiteley's reputation as one of the finest of a new generation of weird fiction writers. More please. Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award winning author of The Migration The Loosening Skin works as a quirky new weird thriller, but its triumph lies in the way Whiteley uses the metaphor of shedding skin to examine the tortured process of love and attachment. - The Guardian In The Loosening Skin, Whiteley's most fascinating book so far, we find an alternate history and an exploration of love in its many, strange forms... it is a book that will haunt the reader long after they finish the final page. - Interzone PRAISE FOR THE BEAUTY Teeming with the spirit of feminist speculative trailblazers like Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joanna Russ, Whiteley's original, gut-wrenching tale renders a world that exists somewhere between post-apocalyptic and fable-esque. - Kirkus Reviews, on The Beauty Elegantly written, balancing on the line that divides prose from poetry. - Booklist, on The Beauty PRAISE FOR ALIYA WHITELEY Aliya Whiteley's fiction scintillates with ideas, skips back and forth across genre boundaries with an ease and audacity that is glorious to behold. She is very much at the forefront of the new wave of UK genre writers - Mark Morris There's something so easy about Whiteley's prose despite constantly delivering a dense philosophical gut punch. Her characters are rich but mysterious, flawed and fascinating. The plot twists and turns, blindsiding the reader at every turn while feeling as though it could never really have gone any other way. - British Fantasy Society

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