Shorter Reads

Want to read a story with all the depth, questions and quality of a novel, written by highly skilled writers in about 5% of the space? Short stories can be heartbreaking, mysterious and incredibly detailed; for a perfectly formed, bite-sized smorgasbord of stories, browse our Short Story recommendations here.

A Fatal Game

A Fatal Game

Author: Nicholas Searle Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A white-knuckle tale of betrayal and espionage from the bestselling author of The Good Liar, now a major motion picture, and the heir to John le Carre's legacy 'Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carre' Daily Express ___________________ Rush-hour commuters are flooding the railway station when the bomb goes off. The bomber? An agent reporting to the British Intelligence Officer, Jake Winter, who was responsible for preventing the attack. With his conscience and career in tatters, Jake has to rest all his hopes on a new recruit: a young man named Rashid who seems to be the answer the MI5 have been waiting for. But how can Jake - haunted by his last mistake - be sure that Rashid isn't playing a double game? After all, who can you trust when you no longer trust yourself? ___________________ 'A thought-provoking read that bursts with tension' Financial Times 'Meticulously plotted, with wonderfully drawn characters. Every bit as compelling as Searle's stirring debut' Daily Mail 'A spy thriller with extra authority' Jonathan Freedland, Guardian 'Elegant, grown-up entertainment with nail-biting action. It has the terrifying ring of truth'The Times

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The Yellow Wall-Paper, Herland, and Selected Writings

The Yellow Wall-Paper, Herland, and Selected Writings

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2017

Wonderfully sardonic and slyly humorous, the writings of landmark American feminist and socialist thinker Charlotte Perkins Gilman were penned in response to her frustrations with the gender-based double standard that prevailed in America as the twentieth century began. Perhaps best known for her chilling depiction of a woman's mental breakdown in her unforgettable 1892 short story 'The Yellow Wall-Paper', Gilman also wrote Herland, a wry novel that imagines a peaceful, progressive country from which men have been absent for 2,000 years. Both are included in this volume, along with a selection of Gilman's major short stories and her poems.