More Trees To Climb | Granta

  • Published: 06/04/2009
  • ISBN: 9781846271984
  • 125x20mm
  • 128 pages

More Trees To Climb

Ben Moor

Love, loss and competitive tree-climbing are preoccupying the hero of ‘Coelacanth’. This is a boy-meets-girl story with a twist, a tumble, several daring somersaults from the branches, and the discovery that love – like the coelacanth fish that was thought to be extinct – can lurk in the very darkest depths. In ‘Not Everything Is Significant’, we meet a biographer who is suffering from writers’ block and a footnoter who is a stickler for detail – together they’re pondering the meaning of a diary that arrived mysteriously through the post and which appears to predict the future, prompting some very tricky questions about the nature of destiny. Finally, in ‘Supercollider for the Family’ a husband and wife each face a challenge: he to build a ‘supercollider’ small enough for household use, she to complete a tightrope walk around the world. Their missions take us from a top-secret particle-physics lab deep underground to the vertiginous heights of a wire above a canyon, suspended like a slender silver thread between soil and sky. Originally written for stage performance, laced with wit and bursting with imagination, these three disarming creations work a dazzling, moving magic on the page.

It is Moor's pleasure in the telling of fables, [his] magic realist's delight in the bizarre coupled with a host of garlicky puns, curlicues and tangents that entices and enthrals ... a truly gifted storyteller


Warm, witty and mind-bogglingly brilliant


Delightfully funny, clever but not smartass. Also very, very wise


The Author

Ben Moor is an actor, writer and comedian and a stalwart of the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2006 he appeared in Lasse Hallstrom’s movie of Casanova, alongside Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons. TV appearances include Knowing Me, Knowing You and Men Behaving Badly.

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