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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
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 English writer focuses his gaze on America's West Coast, moving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
Stories Collected Stories by Susan Sontag
Stories Collected Stories
Susan Sontag
The complete short stories of Susan Sontag, one of the most brilliant & influential writers of the twentieth century - collected together for the first time Susan Sontag is most often remembered as a brilliant essayist - inquisitive, analytical, fearlessly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
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, none leave you in the lurch but one, A Dream...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
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 display here, from well established award winners, through to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017
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 all who sleep in it. A man who desecrates an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017
Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Paris for One and Other Stories
Jojo Moyes
I love short stories, they have the power to give us a fleeting, yet memorable glimpse into other lives. Lives of strong, beautiful characters as they face the challenges that life throws at them, each in search of a little...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type
Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories that are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017
The Rub of Time by Martin Amis
The Rub of Time
Martin Amis
Consisting of essays on Princess Diana and a tribute to the author's friend Christopher Hitchens, this book features essays focusing on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 and 2016. It also includes an essay about Donald...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
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. Those new to her work are not left to flounder...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
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 to be believed. It feels as though you are about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
Fresh Complaint
Jeffrey Eugenides
If you are familiar with Eugenides’ work then these, his first collection of short stories, are probably what you would expect, i.e. not happy. They are about love, envy, regret, desire, illness and death. Only one, Baster, has any humour,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017
The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age by Ben Okri
The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age
Ben Okri
Twenty-five stories, twenty-five paintings, five years to write, ten years to paint. This is an extraordinary collaboration between artist and artist: the Booker Prize-winning writer Ben Okri and the painter Rosemary Clunie. Together they have created a world, and peopled...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books by Shirley McKay
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books
Shirley McKay
St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full of life… and death. If you adore the ‘Hew Cullan...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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. I love a good short story, and I adore this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey by Alexander McCall Smith
Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey
Alexander McCall Smith
September 2017 Book of the Month A heart-warming stand-alone novel about a group of passengers on an Edinburgh to London train. They have one thing in common - they have all been in love. Poignant stories full of warmth, romance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/08/2017
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
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
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 ranging, covering anthologies, collections, magazines, newspapers and web sites, looking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
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: 01/06/2017
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
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. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
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
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 vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/05/2017
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 format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2017
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod
All the Beloved Ghosts
Alison Macleod
Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this collection captures the surprising joys, small tragedies and profound truths...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
Invisible Planets Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi
Invisible Planets Collected Fiction
Hannu Rajaniemi
Mindblowingly inventive and beautifully written short stories from the most exciting new name in SF. Drawn from antholgies, magazines and online publications and brought together in book form for the first time in this collection, here is a collection of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
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