Yes Yes More More


Anna Wood

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Two schoolgirls in Bolton take acid just before their English class. A film journalist shares tea and a Kitkat with Marcel Proust, more or less, during a long train journey. An afterparty turns into a crime scene. Colleagues, maybe in love, have lunch and don’t quite talk about their relationship. A woman flees to New Orleans and finds unexpected treasures there.

In her electric debut, Anna Wood skips through the decades of a woman’s life, meeting friends, lovers, shapeshifters and doppelgängers along the way. Delights and regrets pile up, time becomes non-linear, characters stumble and shimmy through moments of rupture, horror and joy.

Written with warmth, wit and swagger, these stories glide from acutely observed comic dialogue to giddy surrealism and quiet heartbreak, and always there is music – pop songs as tiny portals into another world. Yes Yes More More is packed with friendship, memory, pleasure and love.


‘The title which most shook me by the scruff last year was Anna Wood’s Yes Yes More More. A debut collection of short stories from an all-but-unknown writer, it flipped somersaults around the lumbering brachiosauruses on the bestseller chart. Its 13 slim stories boomed with life; they were ravenous, troubling and strange. They proved all that literature can do – and without a smidge of joy-seeking in sight.’
—Alex Diggins, Culture Assistant at The Telegraph

‘Fresh, funny, fabulous, Yes Yes More More had me gripped. These stories surprise and delight . Anna Wood is the real thing – a writer you immediately want more of.’
—Jackie Kay

‘Yes Yes More More gives us precisely realised worlds of gloriously observant and hyper-attentive specificity. Devoid of cliche, Anna Wood’s writing presents people and situations that are laugh-out-loud funny but there is stealth in her stories, an unshowy intelligence which makes them deeply satisfying.’
—Wendy Erskine

‘Vivid, heartbreaking and jubilant – I couldn’t get enough of Yes Yes More More. Anna Wood examines life under a brilliant shifting light, finding beauty, horror and meaning in every moment. A triumph.’
—Catriona Ward

‘Bursting with zing and vitality, Yes Yes More More is an absolute marvel of a short story collection. What it feels to be alive, to dance wildly, to be surrounded by friends.’
—Elizabeth Macneal

‘Anna Wood’s stories are urban, sexy, darkly and uniquely comic, and tuned to the zeitgeist like the bass player every band would want. Her prose has the precision and economy of the best poetry, deployed to offer us cinematic glimpses of the lives we recognise, endure and rejoice in. Fiction has a new star in its firmament.’
—Carol Ann Duffy

‘Sexy and sweaty and tender and weird, Yes Yes More More pulses with the pure joy of being human.’
—Ruth Gilligan

‘A writer of exciting contradictions, Anna Wood tackles the dynamics of desire and the vicissitudes of a rich inner life with lyricism and levity, in a literary register that is both frank and digressive, coolly detached one moment and achingly sincere the next. Yes Yes More More is intimate and surprising, a joy to read.’
—Sharlene Teo

‘Poignant and pulsating with quiet joy, these stories are full of those moments that flutter by, too quick to catch – the tastes, the throbbing sensations, fleeting connections, in-between times of reflection. Yes Yes More More reminded me of the sheer, delicious goodness of life. It made me want to live forever.’
—Alice Ash

‘This is a riot of a collection – wild, libidinous and greedy for life.’
—Naomi Booth

Dimensions: B format paperback with flaps
Length: 194 pages
Published: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9781911648284
Cover Design: © House of Thought

Publicist: Jordan Taylor-Jones
Agent: Peter Strauss at Rogers, Coleridge & White
Foreign rights: The Marsh Agency

Yes Yes More More

Rise Up Singing

You do get hot summers in Bolton and we had one that year, for weeks on end as I remember it although it may just have been a fortnight or so. This was 1990, I think, and it was a Friday afternoon because we had double English with Mr Howard. Lisa and Claire had both taken a full tab, but Janey and I just had half each.

“Who or what do you think is causing the friction between Jane and Elizabeth?” asked Mr Howard. His hair was aglow and the walls pulsed gently. Lisa put up her hand but then pulled it down slowly and shot it up in the air again. She did this a few times, mesmerised. Claire sat to Lisa’s left, giggled and swooned.

“Lisa?” said Mr Howard.

“Mr Rochester,” said Lisa, beaming. It was impossible to know whether she had forgotten Mr Howard’s name or whether she was simply talking about the wrong book.

Claire was stroking her copy of Pride and Prejudice and crying. “There’s no need for any of this,” she said, her voice quiet and bleak.

“Sir,” my voice came out too loud.

“Annie Marshall.” He used my full name, and it made me feel important.

“I’m taking Claire out of class. She’s not well.” But then the bell went, and class was over anyway. I had no idea where those eighty minutes had gone.

Janey and I were free now, heading away from our classes and classmates. We were only a little bit trippy – I noticed my ears slipping gently and endlessly towards my neck while Janey was tapping her arm with her forefinger to see if it was solid. We started walking into town, down long empty Deane Road. The pavement smelled dusty in the sun, the terraced houses watched us, friendly. We waved at cars, who occasionally honked back at us, and we sang. “Say it’s only a paper moon,” at a passing Volvo Estate, “Hanging over a cardboard sea,” at an XR2i. We’d been playing my parents’ Ella Fitzgerald CD for weeks, all sophisticated.

TLS, 3 September: The good life: Delight, indulgence and grit in Anna Wood’s Yes Yes More More

New short story by Anna Wood for BBC Radio 4 Short Works, 25 July 2021: Personal Growth

Wendy Erskine  for The Irish Times, 26 June 2021: The best books of 2021 so far: Novels, memoirs, short stories and more

Alys Key for The London Magazine, 18 June 2021: Review | Yes Yes More More by Anna Wood

Wendy Erskine for Caught By The River, 1 June 2021: 10 reasons to love Yes Yes More More

Beth Barker for NRTH LASS, 1 June 2021: Anna Wood’s Yes Yes More More: Stories of Pleasure and Friendship

Gary Kaill for Lunate, 31 May 2021: Yes Yes More More by Anna Wood

Alex Diggins for 3:AM Magazine, 30 May 2021: Review: Yes Yes More More

Elspells, 6 May 2021: Review: Yes Yes More More by Anna Wood

Soho Radio, 3 May 2021: Rough Trade Book Club with Leone Ross and Anna Wood

Ed McDonald Writing, 28 January 2021: ‘Stay Indoors (and read!), Episode 4′

What Page Are You On? Podcast, 4 December 2020: ‘The Lads Anticipate 2021’

Anna Wood for The Social, 5 May 2020: ‘Thoughts, connected, on Mayday by Anna Wood’

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