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“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.” – Neil Gaiman

Books of the Month

Night Music: Nocturnes 2
John Connolly
October 2015 Book of the Month. From the bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mystery series - 'the finest crime series currently in existence' (Independent) - comes a new anthology...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

Those Were the Days
Sir Terry, OBE Wogan
Tales of love, loss and friendship from a national treasure. Join Tom as he reminisces about the places he's been, the people he has met and the laughter and the struggles of daily life as he made his way from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
A Few of the Girls
Maeve Binchy
From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical. But at the heart of all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis - 37 Short Stories
Maxim Jakubowski
This wonderfully diverse collection by writers such as Martin Edwards, Jurgen Ehlers, Barbara Nadel, L. C. Tyler, Michael Gregorio, Alison Joseph and Peter Guttridge reveals not just the evil side of Moriarty's personality, but his humanity, his motivations and his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard
When Elmore Leonard died in 2013, he left behind a 60-year legacy of crime novels, many of which have become modern classics. He also left behind a treasure trove of...

A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
A stunning collection of short stories each with a twist that is sometimes shocking, sometimes unexpected and always hypnotic. Mr James writes in different areas although he has recently become...

Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. Drawing on a host...

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
China Mieville
Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this breath-taking collection poses searching questions...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy
These 36 short stories were written over many decades and have now been published posthumously. They all feature the inhabitants of Chestnut Street in Dublin though there is little connection...

Trouble in Mind
Jeffery Deaver
August 2015 Book of the Month. Deaver’s third collection of short stories contains twelve pieces and every one one of them a...

George R. R. Martin
Rogues is a meaty feast of a book, stuffed full of fabulous stories from some of the best authors around (George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman to name...
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Everything. In Short.


There is a real skill in being able to conjure a whole life in just a few pages, to be able to leave a reader with an enduring feeling in just a short time. Here you will find lasting stories about life the universe and everything, from authors you already know as novelists and some that will be knew and welcome friends. We love a good short story, not just because they provide great reading in bite-size chunks - perfect for the trip to work, or a moment when you just want a small piece of brilliance in your life – but also because they are (if they are good) a perfect piece of art, capturing the human condition in a snapshot that stays with the reader for much longer than it took to write. As Graham Greene put it; “a novel can seldom have the sense of perfection which you find in Chekhov’s story, The Lady with the Dog.” From Chekhov to Julian Barnes via a whole host of other perfectionists, we have hand-picked the very best of short story collections for readers of all tastes.


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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Nicholas Royle 
A. J. Ashworth 
Jennifer Egan 
Ryan O'Neill 
Jane Borodale 
Julian Barnes 
Muriel Spark 
Sue Gee 
Salley Vickers 
Emma Donoghue 
Jon McGregor 
Maxim Jakubowski 
Stuart Nadler 
Peter F. Hamilton 
Margaret Atwood 
Lucy Wood 
Carolyn Pertwee