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Alison MacLeod’s ‘All the Beloved Ghosts’ is Short Story Gold

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“Short stories are like pots on a potter’s wheel”, said Alison MacLeod in an interview for Matter Magazine. “They seem slippery and mysterious when I write them: I don’t know how they’re going to take shape (or if they will) but I trust my instincts and I trust the story to arrive at the shape it needs to be.” She also said that she is “intrigued by the dovetailing of fact and fiction.” This is very evident in all the stories in All the Beloved Ghosts where fact and fiction are woven together, often with iconic figures at the center of an imaginative vision. A sequence of photographs taken on Princess Diana’s last day form the basis of ‘Dreaming Diana:…

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