“Sharp, original and observant, with a generous helping of humour, Joel Willans’s stories are both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. A great read.” – Vanessa Gebbie – winner of The Telegraph’s Novel in a Year.
“Spellbound is an entertaining, skillfully written collection of stories about love. Willans’s prose is observant and humorous, and while the men in his stories are plagued by regrets and uncertainty, they are largely sensitive and likeable. I really enjoyed this collection.” Carys Bray – winner of the Scott Prize.
“Willans mines the vagaries of love and desire and heartache with a luminous resonance and poignancy. An impressive debut.” – Tom Vowler – winner of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
Inspired by sweet love, bitter breakups and one-sided adoration, Joel Willans’s Spellbound is a vivacious collection of eighteen prize-winning short stories about men’s addiction to women.
With a rich cast of characters, including a family-obsessed lads’ mag journalist, an insecure gigolo and a poetic Finnish bodybuilder, it promises a uniquely entertaining, moving and insightful read.
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