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Speak to Strangers

Gemma Seltzer

"Seltzer is concerned less with what's said than what isn't; all that underlies the random, perfunctory exchanges that comprise city life"

Stephanie Cross, The Lady

London is a city full of millions of strangers and Gemma Seltzer wants to meet them all.

Originally conceived as a daily fiction blog, Speak to Strangers is a funny, provocative and elegant series of one hundred hundred-word stories,which chart a journey across the city through its inhabitants.


Our price £9.99
RRP £9.99
112 pages
ISBN 9780956546791
Published 16 June 2011
Cover design: Henry Simmonds


Fantastic, evocative miniature masterpieces.
Josie Long

Cryptic, evocative and confessional [...] From moustachioed Millwall supporters to aggressive commuters, make-up sales women, waitresses and countless shopkeepers, Seltzer is concerned less with what's said than what isn't; all that underlies the random, perfunctory exchanges that comprise city life. Less like short stories than extended haikus, these prose snapshots are perfect for pondering on the bus or Tube.
Stephanie Cross, The Lady

A beautiful book ... from a writer in command of her abilities, disseminating seemingly bitesize chunks that speak volumes.

Compelling and original, a coherent and striking work of art [...] in the best of these stories Seltzer's delighted sensitivity to awkwardness provides powerful drama [... she] emerges as a witty, self-deprecating, clear-sighted flaneuse.
Tony William, Flash

Heart-warming and innovative ... a depth and variety so diverse that it is difficult to believe that this is one person’s journey in just one city.
Emma Young, The Short Review

Listen to Gemma on the Londonist Out Loud podcast

About the author

Gemma Seltzer is a London-based writer and literary blogger. She is interested in charting her creative responses to people and places through interactive web-based projects. Her fiction has been published in .Cent magazine and as part of an exhibition catalogue commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery and ArtSway. She spoke at the 2009 Venice Biennale about the relationship between contemporary art and text. Gemma is the author of Look up at the Sky, an online activity exploring the peace and the pauses in the city.

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