Search - List of Books by Pauline Melville

Pauline Melville (Born 1948) is a Guyanese-born writer and actress. She now lives in London.

She appeared in films such as Mona Lisa (playing the part of Dawn), as Dora in The Long Good Friday, among others. She also appeared in television programmes: as Vyvyans's mother in the BBC Television comedy series The Young Ones; as Yvonne in Girls On Top, among others.

Her first book, Shape-Shifter (1990), a collection of short stories, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book) and the Guardian Fiction Prize. The book consists of a number of short stories dealing with post-colonial life in the Caribbean, particularly in her native Guyana, as well as of some stories set in London. Many of her characters, most of them displaced people from former colonies struggling to come to terms with a new life in Britain, attempt to find an identity, to reconcile their past and to escape from the restlessness hinted at in the title. Salman Rushdie said it was "notably sharp, funny, original...part Caribbean magic, part London grime, written in a slippery, chameleon language that is a frequent delight".

Her first novel, The Ventriloquist's Tale (1997), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. In it she explores the nature of fiction and storytelling and writes about the impact of European colonisers on Guyanese Amerindians through the story of a brother and sister.

Her most recent collection of stories is The Migration of Ghosts (1998), a book of complex layered tales of physical and emotional displacement.

Her mother was English, and her father Guyanese.

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Total Books: 20
Eating Air
2010 - Eating Air (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846590818
ISBN-10: 1846590817
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Eating Air
2009 - Eating Air (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781846590764
ISBN-10: 1846590760
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Da Silvas  Karneval
2002 - Mrs Da Silvas Karneval [DaSilvas] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783426195987
ISBN-10: 3426195984
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Der Bauchredner
2000 - Der Bauchredner (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783426614693
ISBN-10: 3426614693
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The Migration of Ghosts
2000 - The Migration of Ghosts (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781582340746
ISBN-10: 1582340749
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Ventriloquist's Tale
2000 - The Ventriloquist's Tale (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780753105139
ISBN-10: 0753105136
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Ventriloquist's Tale
1999 - The Ventriloquist's Tale (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781582340265
ISBN-10: 1582340269
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 5

The Migration of Ghosts
1999 - The Migration of Ghosts (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747542797
ISBN-10: 0747542791
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Migration of Ghosts
1999 - The Migration of Ghosts (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781582340203
ISBN-10: 158234020X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Ventriloquist's Tale
1998 - The Ventriloquist's Tale (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781582340098
ISBN-10: 1582340099
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Ventriloquists Tale
1998 - Ventriloquists Tale (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780747535140
ISBN-10: 0747535140
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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The Migration of Ghosts
1998 - The Migration of Ghosts (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747536758
ISBN-10: 0747536759
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The ventriloquist's tale
1997 - The Ventriloquist's Tale (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780747531500
ISBN-10: 0747531501
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Shape-shifter
1991 - Shape-shifter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780330319355
ISBN-10: 0330319353
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Shape Shifter
1991 - Shape Shifter (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679404385
ISBN-10: 0679404384
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Shape-shifter
1990 - Shape-shifter (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780704350519
ISBN-10: 0704350513
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Shape-Shifter
Shape-shifter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747549949
ISBN-10: 074754994X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Parole de ventriloque
Parole De Ventriloque (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782881824470
ISBN-10: 2881824471
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El Cuento del Ventrilocuo
El Cuento Del Ventrilocuo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788440692696
ISBN-10: 8440692692
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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La Migracion de Los Espiritus
La Migracion De Los Espiritus [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788466600248
ISBN-10: 8466600248
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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