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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

Rogues
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 just a couple). This isn't just about science fiction and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2015
     
The Dog
Jack Livings
Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, this title explodes the country's cultural and social fault lines. It features a wealthy factory owner who refuses to help the victims of an earthquake until his daughter starts a relief effort...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
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 famous for his Roy Grace detective series and indeed Roy’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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 between the stories. They all concern relationships: mother/daughter, father/son, disillusionment,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


England and Other Stories
Graham Swift
June 2015 Book of the Month. A collection of stories giving us glimpses into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people; twenty-five stories...
 
 

Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard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...
 
 

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
Mary Higgins Clark
A collection of Mary Higgins Clark's acclaimed short stories, with her most famous unfinished story finally completed. From the first-ever published story (1956's 'Stowaway'), to classic 'Alvirah and Willy', 'My...
 
 

Jemima Shore at the Sunny Grave A Jemima Shore Mystery
Antonia Fraser
An atmospheric and gripping collection of short stories from Lady Antonia Fraser, many of which feature Jemima Shore. A tantalising and varied excursion round motives and methods in the realm...
 
 

Jemima Shore's First Case A Jemima Shore Mystery
Antonia Fraser
From murders and ghostly visitors to devious plots and family feuds, Antonia Fraser's first collection of short stories is a feast of mingled delight and suspense.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Wrote for Luck
D.J. Taylor
Fifteen short stories, his first collection since 1997 although only five are new. The other ten have been either broadcast and then printed or published in magazines. He is a...
 
 

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,...
 
 

Can't and Won't
Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories. The stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of...
 
 

Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
Opening with an essay on how writing has helped the author understand her background and heritage, this short, sharp collection takes us right through her career. Each story has an...
 
 
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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