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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Told with perfect rhythm and unyielding brutality, these stories expose unsuspecting men and women to the realities of nature, the primal instincts of man and the dark humour and heartbreak of our struggle to not only thrive, but survive. 

In 'Girl on Girl' , a high-school girl goes to disturbing lengths to help an old friend. In 'Meteorologist' Dave Santana , an insatiable temptress pursues the one man she can’t have. In the title story, a long fraught relationship comes undone when three friends get impossibly lost on a lake that is impossible to get lost on. In Diane Cook's perilous worlds, the quotidian surfaces conceal darkly surreal elements that illuminate our more curious, troubling and bewildering behaviour.

©2015 Diane Cook (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Sharply written and imaginative...Cook is an accomplished writer with a darkly comic touch.... As with the short fiction of Stephen King and Miranda July, many of the bizarre tales in Man v Nature would make for excellent viewing...brilliant...echoes of Margaret Atwood." (Irish Times)

"A deeply original collection...deliciously unsettling...downright chilling...uncomfortably resonant." (Independent)

"Masterly." (New York Times)

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