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Short Story Collections

Short Stories

In our time-pressured lives short stories are, unsurprisingly, a booming new format. Intense, concentrated and varied. See below for some of our favourite collections.

The Secret Lives of People in Love Includes the Award-Winning Collection Love Begins in Winter
Simon Van Booy
Everyone has the ability to make words… how Van Booy is able to arrange them so simply into such excruciatingly exquisite stories is quite simply breathtaking. The stories draw you in, whether you are reading about a man, a woman,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Monsters in the Heart
Stephen Volk
A giant ape... A heartless priest... A descent into depravity under London... An immortal hound... A baby thrown up by the sea... A Voodoo prayer... A legend made flesh in the eyes of a terrified child... Monsters come in all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/10/2013
     

End of the Road
Philip Reeve, Adam Neville, S. L. Grey, Sarah Lotz
An incredible anthology of orginal short stories by an exciting list of writers, including the best-selling author Philip Reeve and the World Fantasy Award-winning Lavie Tidhar. Each step will lead you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/12/2013
     

Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
None of my books is just about race, Levy has said. They're about people and history. Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Rogues
George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
This thrilling collection of twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2014
     

Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit and Other Stories
P. G. Wodehouse
A baker's dozen of P.G. Wodehouse's finest short stories.Aunts, engagements, misunderstandings and hangover cures; this delightful collection from 'the greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness'. Julian Fellowes brings together a baker's dozen of P. G. Wodehouse's finest short...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The New Collected Short Stories
Jeffrey Archer
This edition brings together three of Jeffrey Archer's classic collections of short stories: To Cut a Long Story Short, Cat O' Nine Tales and And Thereby Hangs a Tale, showcasing the master storyteller's skill like never before. Every reader will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales
Kate Mosse
I hear someone coming. It has happened before. I pause and listen but no longer hear anything. I sigh. As always, hope is snatched away before it can take root. And so then, as always, I am carried back to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Stone Mattress Nine Tales
Margaret Atwood
A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'. Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     


Sometimes you want War and Peace and sometimes something a little thinner! Round here, we love a good short story! A short burst of escapism and perfect for the trip to work. After all a Test Match takes time and a 20/20 can be a lot more fun!

 

Joanna Trollope, novelist and prize judge has said: "Short stories are notoriously difficult to pull off successfully, needing—as they do—to involve the readers during reading as well as to leave them with something to reflect on afterwards, and all in only a few thousand words.”

 

Have a look at these great short stories and if you are an author read on for details of the new Costa Short Story Award, The Scott Prize and the BBC Short story prize that you may want to enter.


 

Finally, here is a link to a list of other short story competitions you may want to consider entering  http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/short-stories/prizes/

 

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The Best British Fantasy 2014
Steve Haynes
A gem of a book, with a hoard of treasure waiting to be unearthed. Some of these exquisite stories will quite literally transport you to another world, one that you...
 
 
 


The Best British Short Stories 2014
Nicholas Royle
This is a book for everyone, whether you furtively snatch your reading time or have the luxury of being able to sink into the welcoming depths of a book for...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


TransAtlantic
Colum Mccann
In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland...
 
 
 


Every Short Story by Alasdair Gray 1951-2012
Alasdair Gray
Containing sixteen tales that were published in 1983 with the title Unlikely Stories, Mostly, this collection also includes fifty-seven tales from later books, as well as sixteen new ones.
 
 
 


The Love Object Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien
August 2014 Book of the Month. Whether or not you have previously read any of O’Brien’s works, this is a perfectly sublime book...
 
 
 


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