Lisa Blower: Sitting Ducks

Sitting Ducks is the debut novel from award-winning short story writer Lisa Blower. A university lecturer With a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing, Lisa won the Guardian’s National short story competition in 2009 and was shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award 2013. Her work has appeared on Radio 4 and in the Guardian, Comma Press, New Welsh Review, The Luminary, and Short Story Sunday.

Sitting Ducks
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About the book:

“Meagre in build. Mouthy in nature. One good owner and pottery trained: Josiah ‘Totty’ Minton is bang out of sick notes and harbouring the dream of a three-bed semi with bay windows, fully-fitted carpets and enough of a garden to stretch his legs.”

It’s the 2010 general election. Labour has lost its footing and the country is in disarray. But somewhere in the arse pocket of Stoke on Trent, a mother and son are waging their campaign against the state, the system, and predatory landlord Malcolm Gandy, to remain in their council-owned home.

Lisa Blower’s debut is a novel for our times that will have you laughing out loud then raging at the page.


A livid and unapologetic evocation of a world most novels and novelists never get near. (Stuart Maconie)
Technically accomplished, linguistically inventive, aesthetically beautiful and politically vital. Here is talent, new and needed; here is another weapon in the war against self-interest and self-regard. This is a voice which I and many others have been waiting for. (Niall Griffiths)
"Guttural, visceral and noticing the things usual lit does not, I find myself reading her lines out loud, they trip off the tongue like a John Cooper Clarke verse." (Luke Wright)

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