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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

Catapult  by Emily Fridlund
Emily Fridlund
A spellbinding collection of short stories from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of History of Wolves.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018

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The Burning Ground by Adam O'Riordan

The Burning Ground
Adam O'Riordan
Written with an outsider's keen eye, this collection of stories paints an intimate portrait of diverse lives, in a work of remarkable beauty and poignancy. In these eight stories, an...

The Month Before's Featured Books

One Last Dram Before Midnight by Denzil Meyrick

One Last Dram Before Midnight
Denzil Meyrick
Seven captivating short stories set in the rather wonderful world of DCI Daley, which can either serve as a revealing introduction to the series, or be enjoyed by existing fans....

Deadlier by Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah
An incredible collection of short crime stories chosen by Sophie Hannah (of whom I’m a massive fan). This book is spectacularly enormous, with 1077 pages it needs to be seen...

A Cornish Gift by Fern Britton

A Cornish Gift
Fern Britton
Three short stories with the link the Cornish village of Pendruggan. Fern has used characters from her previous Cornish novels so those familiar with her work will feel at home....

Supernatural Sherlocks by Nick Rennison

Supernatural Sherlocks
Nick Rennison
The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks...

The CWA Short Story Anthology Mystery Tour by Martin Edwards

The CWA Short Story Anthology Mystery Tour
Martin Edwards
December 2017 Book of the Month An entertaining and impressive collection of 28 new short stories by members of the Crime Writer’s Association. There are some absolutely cracking authors on...

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Katie Fforde
Six deliciously romantic short stories, only two of which have been published before but in digital form. They are all of a healthy length with a beginning, middle and end,...

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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