“Worman’s new collection reminds us what Henry James meant when he said the writer must be someone on whom nothing is lost, and it shows what the short story can do – memorialise place and time, concentrate feeling, relationship, sensation and history, in glimpses and vivid moments.”
Reading Jeremy Worman’s Fragmented is like taking a walk through the memory of London, for this collection of short stories does not merely describe the journey of an individual man but of the ever-changing and evolving city.
“This very well-written and paradoxical little book is vital reading for anyone wishing to experience London’s cultural eddies in the second half of the twentieth century…”
“Worman’s writing is delicately crafted and clearly thought through. This, along with excellent ordering and editing of the stories, makes Fragmented a perfectly cohesive collection to be read in one sitting or a good one to dip in and out of. I’ll certainly be dipping back in.”
“Jeremy Worman’s Fragmented offers us a verbal picture of London and its low-life. It is drawn with strong strokes and conveys lively images of many kinds. Reading it is both a pleasure and an education.”
“Charming, off-beat literary snapshots of Hackney and other parts of north London cleverly serve to make the familiar unfamiliar…”
This fragmented style of writing curiously reflects the 21st century very well, considering the many facets our post-modern life now has. This makes Worman’s collection of stories contemporary, enlightening and entertaining.
Fragmented is a novel not so much in stories as in shards. It’s as though the life of the narrator – Simon Carver – is a broken mirror which has been only partly reassembled. There are large gaps between the fragments, but we can see just enough to gain an idea of his reflection.