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Morvern Callar

Morvern Callar

Alan Warner

What Douglas Stuart Says: Set in a West-coast port town, Morvern Callar, a shelf-stacker in the local supermarket, wakes one morning to find her boyfriend has committed suicide. She changes the name on his unpublished manuscript and then hides his festering body. When the stolen manuscript becomes a success and the advances start to pour in, Morvern takes her one chance to escape the run-down town. I have known a hundred Morverns – perhaps we all know people who are stuck – so when I saw a woman seizing her one horrible chance to escape her dire situation, it was hard not to cheer her on.

What They Say: “A dazzling achievement” – Time Out

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