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The Clangers

Susan Elderkin

‘He runs towards the house on invisible paths of his own creation, lifting his face once in a while to check he's on collision course with the house. He's taken his T-shirt off and tied it in complicated knots around his head, sleeves flapping over his ears like a pair of ineffective wings.’

Crystal slams the fryer on to the gas ring and lets out a joyless sigh. She must make Stan an egg. Stan’s world would fall apart if she weren’t around to make him a bloody egg. She takes out a wooden-handled spatula from a drawer and drops that on the benchtop as well, making as much of a racket…


Susan Elderkin

Susan Elderkin was born in Crawley, Sussex, in 1968, the daughter of an architect and a pianist. She studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She won a Wingate scholarship to research her first novel in Arizona, and the result, Sunset over Chocolate Mountains, won the Betty Trask award. ‘The Clangers’, which appears in Granta 81, is taken from her second novel, The Voices, which is set in the remote landscape of Western Australia. She lives in London.

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