Comma Press is publishing In Another Country: Selected Stories and The Life-Writer by David Constantine to coincide with the release of the film “45 Years”, which is based on a short story by Constantine.
Comma is describing In Another Country (17th September, £9.99) as the “definitive collection” of the writer, who won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2010 for his story “Tea at the Midland”. The stories included are pulled from his previous four collections Tea at the Midland (2012), The Shieling (2009), Under the Dam (2005) and the out of print Back at the Spike (1994).
Ra Page, founder and editorial director at Comma, said: “It was actually an easy process to select the stories [to include in the new collection]. We chose the most singular, self-contained and memorable ones.” There are 17 stories included in the collection.
Released in UK cinemas on 28th August to critical acclaim, “45 Years” is directed by Andrew Haigh and stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, who feature on the cover of the new edition. Page said: “The film moves and turns on very small things and the last frame will leave everyone interpreting it differently, which is very much how a short story works.”
The adaptation came about after Haigh adapted another Comma short story, Five Miles Out by Sarah Tierney, in 2009, and Page recommended Constantine’s work to him. The film “45 Years” has been in the works since late 2009 and was shot in a two-week window in the Norfolk Broads early in 2014, in between Haigh’s commitments to the American HBO TV series “Looking”.
Comma is also publishing Constantine’s The Life-Writer (24th September, £9.99), a novel about a biographer who is piecing together the life of her late husband and discovering things she did not know about him in the process.