Attrib. & Other Stories
Influx Press, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-910312-16-2 / 978-1-910312-17-9
Format: Paperback, ebook
Prose and short stories 'centred upon difficulties of communication and the way in which one’s thoughts — absurd, encompassing, oblique — may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm. Also hedgehogs.
* Selected by Ali Smith as one of 2017's best debut fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival *
* Recommended read for Spring 2017, The Fader *
* Selected as a 'Best Holiday Read 2017', Guardian *
* Runner-up at the Saboteur Awards 2017 for 'Best Collection of Short Stories' *
'It's just the real inexplicable gorgeous brilliant thing this book. I love it in a way I usually reserve for people.'
– Max Porter, author of Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
'She is a writer for whom one struggles to find comparison, because she has arrived in a class of her own: witty, melancholy, occasionally sensual, occasionally mordant, elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall. She has in common with George Saunders the ability to be both playful and profound, and we are lucky to have her.'
– Sarah Perry, Guardian's Best Holiday Reads 2017
'Attrib., the debut collection by Eley Williams, is a case in point: funny, playful and utterly bravura, it deserves to be read by everyone with a love of words and an interest in the way deftly wielded language and original ideas can come together to detonate on the page.'
– Melissa Harrison, Financial Times
'The letters in her words seemed to be drawn from adjacent parts of the alphabet. They had thought about themselves and one another. There was something collusive about them. They backed up one another’s story. They had demanded to be consulted, and come to their own unconventional arrangements. It all makes for alphabetophile writing. In the reader, it produces a kind of constructive estrangement from words. Think William Gass, Lydia Davis or Anne Carson, and you won’t be too wrong.'
– Michael Hofmann, The London Review of Books
'Fiddling with words, as if playing with them were all that mattered, her characters draw time to a standstill – then they stop, suddenly, blinking and thrilled. It's beautiful, the way they get lost.'
– Cal Revely-Calder, Guardian
'An emotionally delicate and tenderly introspective collection.'
– New Statesman
'Williams has a completely unique voice and explores language with a quirky, intelligent hand. These stories are impulsive, darkly comic and utterly compelling.'
– Waterstones' Summer 2017 Recommendations
'Williams brings these moments of internal intensity into the spotlight, with 170 pages that positively glow.'
– The Fader's Spring 2017 Recommendations
'The possibilities these stories imply are many, one of them being that you, the reader, could be their unnamed narrator. That's why, like all good literature, they feel so personal, immediate and incredibly urgent.'
– New Humanist
'Language as you know it gets away from you and becomes something different—refreshing, original and delightful.'
– British Council
'Williams’s entertaining and versatile first collection must be attributed—or ‘yield[ed] as due’—the resounding praise it deserves.'
– Review 31
'Williams's writerly roots in poetry and poetic prose shine throughout this stunning collection of almost intimidatingly intelligent and creative work.'
'If there were any doubt that Williams knows exactly what she’s doing—down to the half-inch, down to the barest femtometre—then she simply wouldn’t be able to get away with it. She does, she is. Williams is a phenomenon, and Attrib. is a phenomenal piece of work.'
– Richard Smyth, The Short Story
'These are stories that are so repeatedly re-readable – for their humour, their humanity and their sheer revelry in the textual matter of the language from which they are made: the physical, pleasurable, palpable, enigmatic and unguent words and all they carry with them.'
– The Contemporary Small Press
'Williams’s USP (even, at times, brilliance), is to drop us in on lives at seemingly innocuous moments—and then wrong-foot the reader, contort the unfolding story, and ultimately distil something elemental from the seemingly banal.'
'Nearly every sentence here dazzles with somersaults.'
– Minor Literature(s)
'Williams’s writing is emotionally engaged and linguistically playful. This collection has been highly acclaimed for all the right reasons – it is gorgeous, moving, intelligent, it contains striking images and nuanced emotion.'
– Triumph of the Now
'Attrib. especially works as a series of beautifully written detached vignettes upon the themes of language and love. And what finer themes are there?'
– Turnaround Blog
Occasions Series, 2015
Produced as part of the Kakania project. With over forty contemporary European artists and writers commissioned to create work related to figures from Habsburg-era Vienna, the final book was produced by Polimekanos for the Austrian Cultural Forum‘s annual Occasions series and edited by SJ Fowler. The Kakania series was also partnered with Pushkin Press.
An Unreliable Guide to London
Paperback ISBN: 978-1910312223
Ebook ISBN: 978-1910312230
Publication date: 9th July 2016
Formats: Paperback / eBook
23 stories about the lesser known parts of a world-renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth and question reality—wind nymphs in South Clapham tube station, the horse-sized swan at Brentford Ait, sleeping clinics in Islington and celebrations for St Margaret's Day of the Dead.
* shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Anthology 2017 *
' ...this is London through the eyes of its people: a proudly patchwork, multiply striated band of immigrants, adventurers, aid workers, delinquents, and discoverers. In a city that is perhaps best described as a palimpsest, a self-renewing parchment for plans and ideas, An Unreliable Guide to London brings its reader in on the subterranean levels of how folk live, love and traverse space.'
– Panorama Journal
' ...extends the tradition of writing this city and turns it on its head. This collection of odd, complex and at times absurd stories set far from famous landmarks and glittering lights celebrates all that I love about London.'
– Times Higher Education, Books of 2016