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Alison Woodhouse

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Course studied: MA Creative Writing
Graduating year: 2020

Biography

Alison’s stories have been widely anthologised and she has won and placed in numerous short story and flash fiction competitions. She is part of the team who organise the Bath Short Story competition and has reviewed for the TLS, New Statesman and The Literary Review. She is a Cambridge graduate with a degree in History, an M.St in Modernism and received a distinction for her MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa.

Synopsis

The Great Game is a novel written in linked stories, covering the lives of one family. It opens in 2019 with Jackson at Extinction Rebellion searching for his grandfather Thomas. Back in 1960, Thomas proposes marriage to Marilyn; blindly hoping what he feels is enough to see them through. Marilyn struggles to overcome her antipathy towards their eldest daughter Lori, who reminds her painfully of her own mother. Their younger daughter, Jennifer, gives birth to Jackson when she is fifteen and refuses to name the father. Just when he thinks he’s finally settled, Thomas falls mystifyingly in love again. Set against a background of rapid social, cultural and political change, from the Cold War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, through the rise of capitalism to the housing and financial collapse, love, in all its elusive, slippery nature, is at the heart of these stories.

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