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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.

Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy
Maxim Jakubowski November 2014 Highly Recommended. London-based New Zealand-bred author and actress Duffy is known for her crime books, her fiercely feminist historical novels and various mainstream books, in addition to her work...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2014
     

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 Home”. Poignant and beautifully poetic, they leave you with an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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 folklore. They are haunting but not all in a shivers-down-the-spine...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

A Twist of the Knife
Peter James
With each twist of the knife, a chilling new journey begins ...From a woman intent on bizarre revenge, to a restaurant critic with a morbid fear of the number thirteen; and from a man arranging a life-changing assignation, to a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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
     

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
     

Forgotten Fitzgerald Echoes of a Lost America
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sarah Churchwell
While F. Scott Fitzgerald was writing the novels we remember him for today, he was also publishing short stories in popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire. Although many of Fitzgerald's short stories are celebrated and anthologised...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Actors Anonymous
James Franco
Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an audacious examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/10/2013
     

The Detection Collection
The Detection Club, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, Reginald Hill
Ten years since it was first published, this volume of short stories by the cream of British crime writing talent celebrates 75 years of the quintessential Detection Club. The Detection Club represents the cream of British crime writing talent. Founded...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The American Lover
Rose Tremain
Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands,embarks on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     


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 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...
 
 
 


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 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...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 

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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...
 
 
 


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