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By Alasdair Gray

A lecturer cornered in an embarrassing menage a trois, a Glaswegian Cinderella, and an exceptionally talkative dentist all function during this incredible and unique number of tall stories from Alasdair grey, writer of Lanark, negative issues and The publication of Prefaces.

Bringing jointly social realism, sexual comedy, technology fiction and satire, Ten stories Tall and precise proves that fact is certainly

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