Richard V. Hirst is a writer and editor from Manchester.
WE WERE STRANGERS
a book which you can buy
One of Rough Trade's Top Five Books of the Year
"A marvellous collection, shot through with pathos but also with subtle comedy, sly observation of character and situation and a deep sense of place. A must-buy, not only for Joy Division fans, but for anybody interested in what the short story is doing today." - John Burnside
We Were Strangers is a collection of stories, edited by myself, each of which takes its title and inspiration from Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. It features original fiction from Sophie Mackintosh, Eley Williams, Toby Litt and others.
"Heartbreaking... brilliantly strange... disturbingly odd..." - The Irish Times
"Original and clever, haunting and uplifting." - Alison Moore
"These collected stories are achingly modern and fully embrace contemporary anxieties and preoccupations. They confront us with intense feelings and show us places we may not always wish to be, but – just like Joy Division themselves – they have the collective power to stay firmly rooted in our minds." - Carol Morley, The Observer
"A death-rattling good read." - Litro
“With the spectral presence of Curtis and co. sitting obliquely at the centre, here ten authors go spiralling off in bold, new and highly unexpected directions.” – Benjamin Myers
SOME SHORT STORIES
which you can read online
to help a struggling down-and-out just about scrape by.