A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARA collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.
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Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor, Mr Hanks brings both those characteristics to his writing. Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans. It also establishes him as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.
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"Mr. Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a Writer with a capital W as ever touched a typewriter key. The stories in Uncommon Type range from the hilarious to the deeply touching. They move in period, location and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart, engaging and humane as the man himself. All with that extra quality of keenly observant and sympathetic intelligence that has always set Tom Hanks apart. I blink, bubble and boggle in amazed admiration." -- Stephen Fry "Reading Tom Hanks's Uncommon Type is like finding out that Alice Munro is also the greatest actress of our time." -- Ann Patchett "All American life is here ... Delightful ... Hanks's prose is impressive, with a strong voice and stylistic flair ... so fluent, convincing and confident that you forget it belongs to Tom Hanks, movie star. He's just a writer. And he's going to write a great novel one day." -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times * "On the page, as on screen, Hanks is, simply, a lovely person to be around ... Hanks captures the child's-eye view of the world with pitch-perfect accuracy ... and as a writing project it nails perhaps the hardest thing of all: a story in which nothing and everything happens." -- Emma Brockes * Guardian * "The central quality to Tom's writing is a kind of poignant playfulness. It's exactly what you hope from him, except you wish he was sitting in your home, reading it aloud to you, one story at a time." -- Mindy Kaling