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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Read the opening extract of the brand new Lisa Jewell book before its publication on 27/07/2017

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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

Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories by Alexander McCall Smith
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the cover just invites you in. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black and white...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
Madame Zero by Sarah Hall
Madame Zero
Sarah Hall
She is running and becoming smaller, running and becoming smaller, running in the light of the reddening sun, the red of her hair and her coat falling, the red of her fur and her body loosening. Running. Holding behind her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Stories of EVA Luna by Isabel Allende
The Stories of EVA Luna
Isabel Allende
Interweaving the real and the magical, Isabel Allende explores love, vengeance, compassion and female power, creating a world that is at once poignantly familiar and intriguingly new. Rendered in her sumptuously imagined, uniquely lyrical style, The Stories of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens
Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
Nell Stevens
Hilariously funny, painfully honest, and beautifully observed, Bleaker House is part memoir, part travelogue, part story collection. It is an exploration of the narrow spaces between real life and fiction and, in the end, a book about failing to write...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/05/2017
Orsinia Malafrena, Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin
Orsinia Malafrena, Orsinian Tales
Ursula K. Le Guin
All of the stories set in award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin's fictional European nation of Orsinia, gathered together for the first time. Tales of love, of life and of death and - amidst the great 19th-century rise of liberalism...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/06/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories
Penelope Lively
In this new and varied collection of short stories, Penelope Lively shows that she remains a master of her craft, and one of our finest English writers.

Best British Short Stories by Nicholas Royle

Best British Short Stories
Nicholas Royle
This 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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier

Reader, I Married Him
Tracy Chevalier
A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre.

Men Without Women Stories by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women Stories
Haruki Murakami
Across seven tales, the author brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. He tells the stories of...

That's Your Lot by Brian Limond aka Limmy

That's Your Lot
Brian Limond aka Limmy
This is Limmy's second book. It's a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories.

No Middle Name: Jack Reacher Story Collection The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child

No Middle Name: Jack Reacher Story Collection The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories
Lee Child
Jack Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is one of the most iconic heroes for our age....

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook...

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Nicholas Royle
A. J. Ashworth
Jennifer Egan
Ryan O'Neill
Jane Borodale
Julian Barnes
Muriel Spark
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Salley Vickers
Emma Donoghue
Jon McGregor
Maxim Jakubowski
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