|Fiction Genre||Short Stories|
The Cartography Of Others takes us from fumy Accra to suburban Sydney, from scruffy Paris to pre-fundamentalist Mali. Each bewitchingly recounted story conveys a location as vital as the fitful, contemplative characters themselves. Lives are mapped, unpicked, and crafted across vivid, lingering terrains.
Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award and was semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize, and her short stories have been Pushcart-nominated, shortlisted and published in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.
“McNamara’s work has a fierce, vital beat, her stories robust yet finely-worked, her voice striking in its confidence and originality. She writes with sensuous precision and a craft that is equally precise. This is fiction that can stand up in any company.” –Hilary Mantel
“Catherine McNamara’s haunting stories map landmarks of psychological encounter. Hers is an international canvas, marking the points where contemporary lives cross with sensuality and finesse. Beautiful work.” –Cathy Galvin
“McNamara does things with words (most) other writers cannot. Her stories are sensual and assured. Not a writer to be ignored.” –Tom Vowler