Attrib. and other stories
WINNER OF THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2018
WINNER OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS PRIZE 2018
Longlisted for the 2018 Dylan Thomas prize
Longlisted for the 2018 Edge Hill prize
New Statesman Books of the Year 2017
The Telegraph Books of the Year 2017
The Guardian Best Books of the Year 2017
The White Review Books of the Year 2017
Australian Book Review Books of the Year 2017
Attrib. and other stories celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday where characters vie to 'own' their words, tell tall tales and attempt to define their worlds.
With affectionate, irreverent and playful prose, the inability to communicate exactly what we mean dominates this bold debut collection from one of Britain’s most original new writers.
"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, author of The Essex Serpent
Eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing. Her collection of short stories Attrib. And Other Stories (Influx Press) was chosen by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction published in 2017 and has since won The James Tait Black Prize 2018 and The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018.
Eley teaches both creative writing and children's literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was recently awarded her doctorate. Twice short-listed for the White Review Short Story Prize, her works has appeared in the London Review of Books, the White Review, Ambit and the Cambridge Literary Review. She has a pamphlet of poetry titled Frit (Sad Press), and is currently co-editor of fiction at online journal 3:AM Magazine.