A writer unlike any other, Eley Williams' blend of delicate observation, literary adventuring and beautiful strangeness is what catapulted her first collection of short stories, Attrib., into the stratosphere.
'It's just the real inexplicable gorgeous brilliant thing this book. I love it in a way I usually reserve for people.' Max Porter, author of Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
'She is a writer for whom one struggles to find comparison, because she has arrived in a class of her own: witty, melancholy, occasionally sensual, occasionally mordant, elegantly droll without the kind of hipster quirkiness that makes me want to hurl books at the wall. She has in common with George Saunders the ability to be both playful and profound, and we are lucky to have her.'
This debut collection centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way in which one’s thoughts — absurd, encompassing, oblique — may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm.
Attrib. celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday where characters vie to 'own' their words, tell tall tales and attempt to define their worlds.
Eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing. Attrib. has been listed among Best Books of 2017 by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New Statesman and chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2017's best debut fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival.