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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409020585
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

The View from Castle Rock

2021 sees all of Alice Munro's backlist reissued in a new, modern look. These editions will appeal to a broad range of literary readers


The world's finest living short story writer turns to her family for inspiration; and what follows is a fictionalised, brilliantly imagined version of the past. From her ancestors' view from Edinburgh's Castle Rock in the eighteenth century to her parents' thwarted ambitions in Ontario, and her own awakening in 1950s Canada, Munro effortlessly weaves fact and myth to create an epic story of past and present, proving that fiction has much to tell us about life.

  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409020585
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

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Praise for The View from Castle Rock

A collection that sees her delving even deeper and with glittering expertise into a fictional terrain she has made her own for 40 years now

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

The pre-eminent master of the short story... all delivered by her spare, wonderful prose

David Mattin, Independent on Sunday

If there is one writer who proves that the short story should never be deemed the uninspiring younger sibling of the novel, it is Munro

Melissa McClements, Financial Times

This is a deeply moving and contemplative book. If it is a valediction, then it is a magnificent one

Mary Morrissy, Irish Times

Mesmerising and cleverly interlinked, these stories are well balanced - neither overly inventive nor stolidly factual. Ms Munro's light touch and her sensitive embellishment of the truth result in a book that is illuminated by the patterns of life repeating themselves over the years


One of my very favourite writers

Claire Tomalin, Writers’ and Critics’ pick of 2006, Guardian

A stunning achievement

Sarah Emily Miano, The Times

The power of Munro's storytelling never falters. It is almost otiose to add to the clamour of praise for her writing, but necessary, nevertheless. This is a remarkable book

Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

Munro's genius, as she imagines what is going on inside the closed worlds of individual lives, has to do with her exceptional openness to other people's words, to the shapes of their understanding and their ways of seeing

Tessa Hadley, London Review of Books

Beautifully written, this delicate interweaving of fact and fiction is Munro on top form

Daily Mail

This is a rare and fascinating work, in which the past makes sense of the present and the present makes sense of the past

Karl Miller, Guardian

This is a remarkable book...anyone who has ever felt the pull of the secret past should read it and marvel

Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

A memoir that has taken a breath, and expanded itself beyond the genre and beyond the confines of one life

Hilary Mantel, Guardian



Unbelievably good

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Beautifully conceived, evocative and moving

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