Nicholas Royle is the author of more than 100 short stories, two novellas and six novels. His short story collection, Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), was shortlisted for the inaugural Edge Hill Prize. He has edited fifteen anthologies of short stories, including A Book of Two Halves (Gollancz), The Time Out Book of Paris Short Stories (Penguin), ’68: New Stories by Children of the Revolution (Salt) and Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds (Two Ravens Press). A senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at MMU, he reviews fiction for the Independent and the Warwick Review. A new novel, First Novel (Jonathan Cape), is due to appear in 2013 and a collection of short stories, London Labyrinth (No Exit Press), is forthcoming. He lives in Manchester. He also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as signed, limited-edition chapbooks.
The nation's favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its seventh year. Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover - or more accurately, by its title.
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 hours. The short stories chosen here, pack in all of the emotions of a longer novel, in fact sometimes you are more affected, more surprised, more energised precisely because one of these talented authors has been able to create such an impact in a few short pages. You will undoubtedly have your favourites in this engaging book and that’s the joy, you can visit the past, different countries, sadness, elation and several will call specifically to you. So savour these snapshots displaying a host of different worlds, dip in and out or sit and gorge to your hearts content. ~ Liz Robinson
2nd in this new series of the best British short stories, as selected by experienced and highly respected editor Nicholas Royle. There are some big name authors among his 20 chosen stories, Will Self and Jeanette Winterson to name two, but the stories were chosen simply on their merit. If you are new to short stories or are going to get only one short story collection this year then we recommend this one highly.
In true Ronseal fashion this book really ‘does what it says' on the cover. In it you’ll find the best short stories published by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere and you won’t be disappointed.Perfect for those times when you don’t have the time or inclination for a full novel but rather like a ‘espresso’ you need a literary pick me up.
This book provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date critical introduction to the writings of Helene Cixous (1937-), focusing on key motifs, such as dreams, the supernatural, literature, psychoanalysis, creative writing, realism, sexual differences, laughter, secrets, the 'Mother unconscious', drawing, painting, life writing, telephones, non-human animals, telepathy and the 'art of cutting'. There are close readings of Shakespeare, Bronte, Shelley, Poe, Carroll, Freud, Woolf, Joyce, Beckett and Derrida, for example, alongside in-depth explorations of her own writings, from Inside (1969) and 'The Laugh of the Medusa' (1975) up to the present. Royle's book will be useful to students and academics coming to Cixous's work for the first time, but it will also appeal to readers interested in contemporary literature, creative writing, life writing, narrative theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, feminism, queer theory, ecology, drawing and painting. -- .
The nation's favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its eleventh year. Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover - or, more accurately, by its title. This new series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. The editor's brief is wide ranging, covering anthologies, collections, magazines, newspapers and web sites, looking for the best of the bunch to reprint all in one volume.
Editor's Choice, The Bookseller A mix of memoir and narrative non-fiction, White Spines is a book about Nicholas Royle's passion for Picador's fiction and non-fiction publishing from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s. It explores the bookshops and charity shops, the books themselves, and the way a unique collection grew and became a literary obsession. Above all a love song to books, writers and writing.