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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

Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/12/2014
     
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
It is almost impossible to talk about how good Neil Gaiman’s writing is in a short review like this; once started it is hard to stop. He is wonderful. Truly. Dark, mystical, poetic, surprising; one of the greatest living writers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2015
     
Redeployment
Phil Klay
An utterly compelling read giving an insight into the wars in Iraq, written with a frank, decisive and convincing hand. Once you start reading, you quite simply don't want to stop, it’s an often uncomfortable read but there is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
     
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: 12/02/2015
     
Mischief Fay Weldon Selects Her Best Short Stories
Fay Weldon
One of Britian's best loved writers chooses her best short stories from her career at the forefront of contemporary fiction.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Breakfast in the Ruins and Other Stories The Best Short Fiction of Michael Moorcock
Michael Moorcock
A captivating collection of stories that have the ability to conspire against and confound your thoughts and understanding. If you haven't previously read any of Michael Moorcock’s work, you can...
 
 
High Crime Area Tales of Darkness and Dread
Joyce Carol Oates
Eight surprisingly different and somewhat disturbing short stories are packed together, (perhaps sometimes a little too close for comfort) in this arresting and striking book. Your thoughts often want to...
 
 
No Man's Land Writings from a World at War
Pete Ayrton
The Great War gave birth to some of the twentieth century's most celebrated writing; from Brooke to Sassoon, the poetry generated by the war is etched into collective memory. But...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales
Kate Mosse
A beautiful collection of short stories from the author of Labyrinth. These simple, perfectly crafted tales are a selection of ghost stories and tales inspired from English and French...
 
 
The American Lover
Rose Tremain
One of our Books of the Year 2014. The American Lover has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. A collection of sensitive, absorbing and beautifully rendered...
 
 
Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You
Alice Munro
Perhaps the greatest contemporary short story writer we have produces yet another gem. If you haven’t discovered her do so now, if you don’t like short stories these will make...
 
 
Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural...
 
 
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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