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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

This Month's Featured Books

Chance Developments
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the stunning cover made me ooh with delight. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2015
     
Single, Carefree, Mellow
Katherine Heiny
Displaying a light deftness of touch while highlighting a contorted darkness, these eleven short stories emphasise the more twisted and melancholy side of relationships. Plaintive hearts and minds, often shying away from reality, appear to be continuously searching for that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: II From P.G. Wodehouse to Zadie Smith
Philip Hensher
The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnificent stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals. The Penguin Book of the British Short Story has a permanent authority, and will be reached for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Cockfosters
Helen Simpson
Offers a story collection dealing with ageing, ambition and the patterns of repetition and renewal found in long friendships and marriages. In this book, the stories range through hitch-hiking in...
 
 

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming...
 
 

Silent Nights Christmas Mysteries
Martin Edwards
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The British Library series of resurrected crime classics, with its elegant retro covers and splendid revivals has...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Could See Death
Salley Vickers
From Salley Vickers, bestselling author of Miss Garnet's Angel, comes The Boy Who Could See Death, an enchanting and unsettling collection of short stories. Charming, sometimes funny, sometimes...
 
 

Night Music: Nocturnes 2
John Connolly
One of our Books of the Year 2015. November 2015 Book of...
 
 

Dead Funny: Encore
Robin Ince
This Christmas, the world turns on its head again. What happens when the light gives way to the dark? When mirth turns to murder? When the howls are not from...
 
 

The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis - 37 Short Stories
Maxim Jakubowski
The secret life of Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Moriarty ... This wonderfully diverse collection by writers such as Martin Edwards, Jurgen Ehlers, Barbara Nadel, L. C. Tyler, Michael Gregorio, Alison Joseph...
 
 

Those Were the Days
Sir Terry Wogan, OBE
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...
 
 

22 Dead Little Bodies and Other Stories
Stuart MacBride
They say 'small is beautiful', but as Stuart MacBride demonstrates in these four tales, it can also be dark, violent, disturbing, and sometimes really quite rude. So pour yourself a...
 
 

A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Rachel Joyce
Seven stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping...
 
 
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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 

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