Festive Story: Alison MacLeod’s ‘There Are Precious Things’

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Alison MacLeod is a novelist and short story writer.  Her fifth and most recent book, the story collection all the beloved ghosts, was published this year by Bloomsbury UK/USA and Penguin Canada, and was a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.  The Sunday Times described it as ‘a series of emotionally powerful meditations…impeccably elegant’.  Her short stories have often been broadcast on the BBC, and her latest, ‘Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming’, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Jan. 19, 2018 at 15:45.  It will then be available for thirty days on BBC IPlayer.  MacLeod has been nominated for the BBC National Short Story Award, The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award and has won The Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award for Short Fiction.  Her most recent novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction and was one of the Observer’s ‘Books of the Year’.




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There Are Precious Things
by Alison MacLeod


Alison MacLeod



With many thanks to Alison MacLeod and Bloomsbury UK for granting permission to publish this story.

‘There are Precious Things’ appears in All The Beloved Ghosts, published in the UK and USA by Bloomsbury,  and in Canada by Penguin.



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