Congratulations to Chrissie Gittins, whose Between Here and Knitwear has been shortlisted for a 2016 Saboteur Award in the category of Best Short Story Collection.
Between Here and Knitwear, a sequence of semi-autobiographical short stories that follow a life’s journey from childhood to middle age, has been picking up admirers since its publication last November.
Praise for Between Here and Knitwear
‘exceptional … Gittins has a superb way with evocative suburban detail and chord-striking experiences. These candid stories follow her life through to dying mum, dementing dad and beyond.
Phil Baker, Sunday Times
‘These twenty-two stories are tough, flexible fibres of Lancashire lives, woven together with laconic wit and warmth of feeling. Arguments, sex and raw solitude: all familiar, all seen anew.
Helen Dunmore, Best Short Story Collections of 2015, Bristol Short Story Prize website
‘There is consistency in the style and length of each, mirroring how memories are remembered like a kaleidoscope. While the stories are very much standalone vignettes, they also flow together as sequential chapters, making it a very satisfying and captivating collection to read.’
Durre S. Mughal, Wales Arts Review
‘The tightly-written stories deal with the small events in life making them very profound and memorable. They are at times bleak, at others funny, but always a little haunting.’
Barbara Waite, Lancashire Life
The Saboteurs are decided by public vote. We’ve come close before, both for Words and Women: One, Unthology: Three and Most Innovative Publisher but we really think Chrissie deserves some recognition for this elegiac, witty and bittersweet collection.
If you would like to Vote Knitwear, click here.
Best wishes and thank you.
The Unthank Team