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Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning

Maggie Harris

Published October 7th 2012
ISBN : 9780956892164
Paperback
136 pages
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Maggie Harris brings warmth and humour to her Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, and tops them with a twist of calypso. Here are pilgrims old and new: Eliot living in This Mother Country for half a century- Samantha learning that country lifeMoreMaggie Harris brings warmth and humour to her Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, and tops them with a twist of calypso. Here are pilgrims old and new: Eliot living in This Mother Country for half a century- Samantha learning that country life is not like in the magazines. There are stories of regret, longing and wanting to belong- a sense of place and displacement resonates throughout. Finely tuned to dialogue and shifting registers of speech, Maggie Harris fast-moving prose is as prismatic as the multi-layered world she evokes. Her Canterbury Tales, sharply observed, are rich with migrant collisions and collusions. John Agard, Playwright, poet and childrens writer Maggie Harris takes us by the hand and says, look again. Look, and listen to the people who matter, these everyday people we might otherwise miss whether we are on the train, in a Chinese take-away, sitting next to an empty barstool. This is vivid and compelling writing, but most of all - like the original - its great storytelling. Sarah Salway, Canterbury Laureate Six hundred years on, here are Canterburys new pilgrims, as diverse and garrulous as Chaucers were, and speaking in a variety of Englishness which, like Chaucers, are hybrid and poetic. Maggie Harris creates stories about the nitty-gritty of ordinary folks lives, which, although often dealing with tragedy, pettiness, and awareness of loss, are also infused with warmth, humour and optimism. Each brief story or sketch gives voice to a character ... whose tales quickly draw you in, and sometimes, unwittingingly, suggest a world of experience. Lyn Innes, Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures, University of Kent