The Blue

The Blue

Short Stories

9781846590139 November 2006 Paperback 144pp

About the Book

The people in The Blue, Maggie Gee’s first collection of short stories, try and often fail to understand the world, freeing themselves by small acts of courage, love or folly. A journalist decides to convert an evangelist in mid-air; a solicitor gives up his day job to help young artists; a Middle Eastern woman shocks her children as she walks through the heat towards the sea; a man, in a moment of madness, cuts down his neighbour’s tree.

These subtle fables of everyday life are set against an intricate global backdrop where life is harder for outsiders. Exquisitely written and aerated by comedy, they show human beings who struggle to live good lives.

About the Author

Maggie Gee is the author of seventeen critically acclaimed books, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages. These include the novels The Red Children, My Cleaner and The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and a memoir, My Animal Life. Gee is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her services to literature.


'These light sketches, filled with colour, offer glimpses into their small subjects' lives and wider insights into the familiar world that surrounds them.'
Times Literary Supplement

'The Blue is an adventure ... the stories are by turns filmic, surprising, tragic, chilling, tender and sexy'
Scotland on Sunday

'The stories in this elegant book often pinpoint the places where morality and snobbery meet ... Her writing is superbly assured, with a crystalline clarity and understated humour.'
The Times

'The decent made indecent, the contented made complacent ... Gee presents the disjunction between intention and action in tightly compressed, almost epigrammatic narratives, little parables of human paradox.'

'Each story casts an individual spell, but Gee has also threaded her themes into a powerful whole, bound up with the central metaphor of water representing freedom, relief and solace, capable of extinguishing life altogether – or saving it.'
Mslexia Magazine