“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
The Pre-War House
Alison Moore is an exceptional author whose writing explores the dark, unsettling and unsafe areas of everyday life. With this collection of short stories, as with her Man Booker shortlisted The Lighthouse, don’t expect cheerful redemption and sugar coated happy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2016
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror
Joyce Carol Oates
Highly Recommended. Horror is about taking us to scary places, and this collection of six tales from one of the key names...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Love Across a Broken Map Short Stories from the Whole Kahani
From London to Goa, Manchester to Mumbai, this short anthology includes tales that span virtual gigolos, start-ups, girl crushes, obsessive fans and astrological mishaps.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2016
The Pier Falls
In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Reader, I Married Him
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. Edited by Tracy Chevalier, this collection brings together some of the finest...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
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