Richard Price writes fiction as R J Price. His books include the linked short
stories A Boy in Summer (2002; now in eBook), and the novel
The Island (2010), about a father, a daughter, and what looks
like the end of their world.
Toby Litt describes the novel as "Understated yet devastating, controlled yet
unpredictable – The Island is
a story of rare qualities that many writers aim for and few achieve. Read it – it’ll
be one of the most beautiful nightmares you’ll ever have." Bill Broady, author of Swimmer,
comments: "Richard Price explores the intersecting worlds of children and adults
with a wild joy and sadness. Here Price’s lyric gifts are
refined further towards the quintessence. A well-nigh perfect short novel."
Characters and events in A Boy in Summer, The Island, and the poetry collection
Greenfields are linked via the 'greenfields' of Renfrewshire, where
dramatic human stories intersect and collide in the villages and towns of west Scotland.
A Boy in Summer
A collection of linked short stories which gradually build up to become
an "elliptical novel", a layered evocation of a Scottish
community from the 1960s to the present day. Highlights include
a peculiar game with a BMW, a hapless kidnap attempt, a snowy journey
towards a honeymoon, love on the day of LiveAid, and, at the heart
of the book, delicate recreations of childhood. This is one of the
books in which the Hydro Hotel appears, the location "Renfrewshwhere".
"With R. J. Price there is a rare and precious
stasis, a sense of otherness and the gift of insinuation. Of leaving
more out than is on the page. Ghosts invisible; ever present. In
the best of the stories - which are exquisite - such as "A
Room Full of Botticellis", "The Last Day" and "Answers
to an Interview", the detail illuminates character. Age range,
too, is beautifully handled, as are relationships, the unspoken
bonds between sons and hero fathers, between the older and younger
self, the melt of time, the lure of place. " - Tom Adair, The Scotsman
"Richard Price is first and foremost a poet - that
much is apparent from the opening lines of the first story in this glittering collection.
Price's stories are as intricately woven and
as brightly coloured as a complex tapestry, pattern recalling pattern
as the summer wears on." - Kirkus UK
texts unless otherwise stated © Richard Price