Exercises in Control
Annabel Banks

‘We do have a complaints procedure. You will find paper and a pen (chained) to the shelf by the bin. Write your concerns and then place them in the bin. PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow items to be placed in the bin. Please do not write on the paper.’

A lonely woman invites danger between tedious dates; a station guard plays a bloody game of heads-or-tails; an office cleaner sneaks into a forbidden room hiding grim secrets.

Compelling and provocative, Annabel Banks’s debut short fiction collection draws deeply upon the human need to be in control — no matter how devastating the cost.

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Praise for Exercises in Control

‘Occasionally absurd, often disturbing, so much of these stories’ essence lies in what is left unsaid. Elusive, quietly accumulating moments of unease are expertly woven into everyday situations using exquisite imagery and sparse prose. Banks’s voice is versatile yet distinctive, with sparkling touches of dark humour set against an ever-present lingering sinister shadow.’
– Lucie McKnight Hardy, author of Water Shall Refuse Them


About the Author

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Annabel Banks is an award-winning writer of poetry and prose. Her work can be found in such places as The Manchester Review, Litro, The Stockholm Review, Under the Radar and 3:AM, and was included in Eyewear's Best New British & Irish Poets 2016. Her writing has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, with further nominations for the Queen's Ferry Press Best Short Fictions, Blazevox's Bettering American Poetry, Best News Poets [US] and the Derringer Awards and was longlisted for the Royal Academy/Pindrop Short Story Award. In 2019, her debut poetry collection, DTR (Broken Sleep) was nominated for the Forward Prize in two categories. She lives in London.


Paperback ISBN: 9781910312476

Ebook ISBN: 9781910312483

Publication date: 20 February 2020

Formats: Paperback / eBook