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Mackay, Shena

Overview
Works: 51 works in 323 publications in 5 languages and 5,696 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Christmas stories  History  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6063.A2425, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Shena Mackay
The orchard on fire : a novel by Shena Mackay( Book )

42 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The friendship of two abused village girls in England. One is April, whose parents run a tea room, the other is Ruby, daughter of publicans. Ruby is abused by her father, April by a friend of her parents who chide her for avoiding him
The artist's widow : a novel by Shena Mackay( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and German and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satirical British novel on the snobs and phonies in the art world. The occasion is an exhibition of the works of a deceased painter, which various groups exploit to their benefit. The man's widow, a painter herself, has to suffer through it
A bowl of cherries by Shena Mackay( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of twin brothers and their families whose lives are inexorably intertwined, filled with guilty secrets
Dunedin by Shena Mackay( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rich, vivid and dazzlingly funny, Shena Mackay's brilliant novel opens in 19th century New Zealand. Jack Mackenzie, the Presbyterian minister newly arrived from Scotland with his unhappy wife, enjoys the pleasures, botanical and carnal, that Dunedin offers. His expulsion from his naturalist's Eden has consequences he never dreams of. Decades later, in London, his grandchildren, middle-aged and with life evaporating before them, search for love. Olive, embittered and lonely, tries to find it with Terry, an ambitious young writer in flight from his aged parents' mobile home, and more dangerously, with a baby she snatches on a crowded tube train. Her brother William, desiccated with grief for the death of a former pupil, has abandoned his job as headmaster. There is also Jay Pascal, a young New Zealand vagrant of mysterious parentage, whose sad plight to find belonging sears the heart
The world's smallest unicorn : stories by Shena Mackay( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shena Mackay is frequently and copiously praised -- Elle deemed her "the best writer in the world today". It's no wonder, considering the gallery of strange and memorable characters who populate the stories in The World's Smallest Unicorn. These include a would-be biographer who visits a home for retired clowns; an expatriot who returns from Hong Kong to find his family and London dramatically changed; an elderly woman, once a fearless journalist, paralyzed at the thought of meeting the daughter of her dearest friend; and a budding writer who becomes an amanuensis for a famous woman novelist -- with disastrous results. In these feisty new tales, Mackay combines the mysterious and the everyday to scintillating effect
Dreams of dead women's handbags : collected stories by Shena Mackay( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In stories as intriguing as their titles--"Pink Cigarettes", "Electric-Blue Damsels", "Other People's Bathrobes"--Shena Mackay, "a master of the short story" ("The Daily Telegraph"), demonstrates her uncanny ability to expose the menace of everyday life with humor and haunting accuracy
Heligoland by Shena Mackay( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celeste Zylberstein and Francis Campion are the only two original inhabitants still living at the "Nautilus", a strange shell-shaped building, which was a haven for a floating community of cosmopolitan refugees, intellectuals and artists in the 1930s. Gus Crabb, a dealer in bric-a-brac, is the only other resident until the arrival of Rowena Snow. She is searching for the Heligoland of her childhood imagination - like a hermit crab seeking a home
An advent calendar : a novel by Shena Mackay( Book )

18 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the theme that misfortune never comes singly. The protagonists are an English working-class family whose misfortunes begin when a butcher loses a finger which is ground into meat and one of the family eats it
Old crow by Shena Mackay( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in an English village in 1958, Old Crow tells the story of Coral Fairbrother, who falls from grace after bearing a child by a transient painter. Spurred on by a malicious widow, the parish council decides to purge its pristine village of this pariah, leading to a bitter witch-hunt with a terrifying climax. A powerfully invasive writer of remarkable dash, sudden efflorescence, and earthly depth. She is funny, satirical, and yet forgiving. Vogue
The atmospheric railway : new and selected stories by Shena Mackay( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Atmospheric Railway, a volume of new and selected storiesThe proportions are roughly one-third new stories to two-thirds selected from previous collections, From the washing machine that gives, at the end of its cycle, 'a little sob, like a child who has fallen asleep crying', to the divorced woman who sees that she has 'failed with her husband [because] she had never let him see that she needed him. Because she had known that he would fail her, to the painter who exhibits his work 'in the Salon de Refuses of the South Surrey Arts Society exhibition', Mackay is a writer who understands the human condition in all its tragicomic variety. Her themes are generally contained within a domestic framework. She writes about families, loneliness, railways, suburbia, cats, clothes, old age, poets, shape-shifting, the oppression of kindness and the fatal stab of unkindness. Details from the publisher
Music upstairs by Shena Mackay( Book )

11 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redhill rococo by Shena Mackay( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Na het uitzitten van zijn straf komt een domineeszoon terecht in het gezin van een van zijn maten uit de gevangenis
Toddler on the run by Shena Mackay( Book )

11 editions published between 1964 and 1968 in English and French and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Such devoted sisters : an anthology of stories by Shena Mackay( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The laughing academy by Shena Mackay( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bundel verhalen waarin het bizarre een grote rol speelt en waarin de spot wordt gedreven met vele trends van deze tijd
Babies in rhinestones : and other stories by Shena Mackay( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancing on the outskirts by Shena Mackay( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wonderful collection of short stories by the doyenne of the form, a writer known for 'the Mackay vision, suburban - as kitsch, as unexceptional, and yet as rich in history and wonder as a plain Victorian terrace house, its threshold radiant with tiling and stained-glass birds of paradise encased in leaded lights'- Guardian. Shena Mackay came to fame aged 20 when she published her first book, written in her teens, with Andre Deutsch. At times darkly surreal and funny, always deft, and highly memorable, her fiction has attracted a legion of fierce admirers ranging from Iris Murdoch to Julie Burchill, Ian Hamilton to Rachel Cooke
Friendship( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected short stories by Shena Mackay( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The orchard on fire by Shena Mackay( Recording )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The friendship of two abused village girls in England. One is April, whose parents run a tea room, the other is Ruby, daughter of publicans. Ruby is abused by her father, April by a friend of her parents who chide her for avoiding him
 
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The orchard on fire : a novel
Alternative Names
Shena Mackay British writer

Shena Mackay Brits romanschrijfster

Shena Mackay novelista escocesa

Shena Mackay schottische Autorin

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The artist's widow : a novelA bowl of cherriesDunedinThe world's smallest unicorn : storiesDreams of dead women's handbags : collected storiesHeligolandAn advent calendar : a novelOld crow