THE LOUD­EST SOUND AND NOTH­ING Clare Wig­fall Faber & Faber, £12.99

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An un­set­tling yet com­pelling col­lec­tion of short sto­ries that is both haunt­ing and un­de­ni­ably dif­fer­ent. For all their variety, all the char­ac­ters in Wig­fall’s sto­ries are search­ing for some­thing miss­ing. As they go through their seem­ingly or­di­nary lives, there is al­ways a dark un­der­cur­rent to their story, show­ing up just how com­plex and flawed they are. In one story a univer­sity pro­fes­sor turns up at the door of a for­tune-teller with­out re­al­is­ing the ef­fects she will have on the out­come of his life, while in an­other, a wo­man over­hears the worst thing a mother can do as she sips a Coca-Cola in a small An­dalu­cian vil­lage bar. A fine de­but.

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