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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

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror by Joyce Carol Oates
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror
Joyce Carol Oates
Highly Recommended. Horror is about taking us to scary places, and this collection of six tales from one of the key names...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
The Pier Falls
Mark Haddon
In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier
Reader, I Married Him
Tracy Chevalier
A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. Edited by Tracy Chevalier, this collection brings together some of the finest...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Sweet Home by Carys Bray

Sweet Home
Carys Bray
In this prize-winning short story collection, Carys Bray weaves together moments of joy, heartache, sadness and unwavering love as told through seventeen very different notions of home.

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie
Ken Liu
The first collection of Ken Liu's multi-award-winning science fiction and fantasy short stories includes the most awarded story in Science Fiction and Fantasy history, The Paper Menagerie - the only...

Beneath the Earth by John Boyne

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. The secrets we keep...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn

Infidelities
Kirsty Gunn
What can one say about such a collection of stories on infidelity except read them. They cover the spectrum, divided into three sections, “Going Out”, “Staying Out” and “Never Coming...

The Boy Who Could See Death by Salley Vickers

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Could See Death
Salley Vickers
Charming, sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always well written, these are little jewels from the pen that gave us Miss Garnet’s Angel and Mr Golightly’s Holiday. She is...

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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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