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Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories  - Tom Hanks
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This is book № 310 of an exclusive slipcased, stamped and numbered edition of 750 copies.

Title: Uncommon Type

Author:  Tom Hanks

ISBN:  9781785151828

Weight:  990g

Numbered and signed first edition, first printing with slipcase

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Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends.  A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars.  A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket.  A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world.  A woman adjusting to life in a new neighborhood after her divorce.  Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard.  A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.

These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.  The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central.  To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world.  In his stories, Mr Hanks gracefully reaches that typewriter-worthy level.

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.

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

Peer & Press Reviews

Uncommon Type is funny, wise, gloriously inventive and humane.  Tom Hanks sees inside people – a wary divorcee, a billionaire trading desire for disaster, a boy witnessing his father’s infidelity, a motley crew shooting for the moon – with such acute empathy and good humour we’d follow him anywhere.  The cumulative effect is of a world I didn’t want to leave.

Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

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

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

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
Title:Uncommon Type
Sub title:Some Stories
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Edition background:

A leading London bookshop issued this slipcased, stamped and numbered edition of just 750 copies.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Book number:310 of 750
Overall condition:Fine / Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed:On the title page
Stamped with:An image of a typewriter, in red ink, at the top of the title page
Ephemera:The book comes with an exclusive bookmark and two postcards - note that none of these are signed.
Book Stats
Publisher:Cornerstone
Imprint:William Heinemann
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9781785151828 (slipcased set) | 9781785151514 (book)
ISBN 10:1785151827 (slipcased set) | 1785151517 (book)
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:403
Size (h x w x d):232 x 151 x 43mm (slipcase) | 224 x 145 x 40mm (book)
Weight:1.1kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph:2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved / Austin Hargrave
Jacket design:Lauren Wakefield
Internal photos:Kevin Twomey
Jacket image:Getty Images (typewriter)

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