Tom Hanks - Uncommon Type (Some Stories) (2nd Hand Hardback)
Sunday Times Bestseller & A Times Book of The Year.
Uncommon Type is a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.
These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.
The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.
Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing. Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans. It also establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback
- Condition : Good (Almost Very Good)
- Category : Fiction - Short Stories & Anthologies
- Published : 2017 (William Heinemann Books - 1st Edition, 3rd Printing)
- ISBN : 9781785151514
- SKU : B000711
- PPC : SP650gm
- RRP : £16.99 (Unclipped)
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"The central quality to Tom’s writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It’s exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he was sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time." - Mindy Kaling.
"It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it." - Steve Martin.
"Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane. Tom Hanks sees inside people - a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father’s infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon - with such acute empathy and good humour we’d follow him anywhere. The cumulative effect is of a world I didn’t want to leave." - Anna Funder.
"The great strengths of this collection are decency and sentimentality." - Sunday Times.
Where have you been ? . . . it's Tom Hanks ;)
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