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Story: Paradise Author: David Guterson Collection: Problems with People An older couple—she a divorcee, he a widow—are on their way to a hotel. They met on match.com and have been on a few dates. This will be their first night together. He is particularly nervous—he has only slept with his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
A great piece, and it was a splendid night last week. Delighted to see Billy Parks as a winner, a book that didn't receive a single press review (apart from in The Sun!) but lots of support from bloggers (as is increasingly the case these days).
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Story: Time and Again Author: Breece D'J Pancake Collection: Trilobites & Other Stories Vintage, the publisher of this reissued collection, is hinting in the publicity material that it might be the next Stoner. Author Breece D'J Pancake (the unusual ' being the result of a typo on his first published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Yesterday's Journey Author: Jacques Roubaud Collection: Winter Journeys Georges Perec wrote a short story in 1979 called The Winter Journey (or, Le Voyage d'hiver) in which he tells of a rare book by an unknown poet who was subsequently plagiarised by many of the major French writers who followed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: To Light a Candle Author: Heidi Gilhooly Collection: You, Me & a Bit of We Another story from this collection of tales written in the first or second person. This one looks back at a hostage situation. A magazine photoshoot in an African country goes very wrong when the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The World Author: Frank Burton Collection: A History of Sarcasm A bloke wakes up with strange powers. He can see everything. Perceive everything. It is overwhelming. So, obviously, he phones in sick. He then proceeds to explore his powers without leaving the house. Burton, many of whose stories I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Filling Up With Sugar Author: Yuten Sawanishi Collection: Granta 127: Japan I do like a good opening line. The vagina was the first part of her mother’s body that turned to sugar – probably because it was the one organ for which her mother no longer had any use.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: That Loving Feeling Author: Sharon Birch Collection: You, Me & a Bit of We An interesting collection this one. All the stories, and there are over forty of them here, are written in the first or second person, with a couple in first person plural. Most of the authors... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Primary Education of the Camiroi Author: R.A. Lafferty Collection: Nine Hundred Grandmothers A delegation from Earth arrives on the planet of Camiroi to investigate its education system. Initially they view the locals as a tad primitive but are soon forced to revise their opinions once they start interviewing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Nirvana Author: Adam Johnson Collection: Esquire So this story recently won the Sunday Times Short Story Award which means the author received a £30,000 cheque and loads of mentions online. Well done him. I wonder what he will spend it on? It is a story about a husband and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: In Evening Soft Light Author: David Rose Collection: Posthumous Stories When stones start coming through his open (and sometimes closed) window, our narrator has a curious response. A rather open-ended but intriguing story, one of the shorter ones in this collection. This is my second foray into Posthumous Stories... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Winter Journey Author: Georges Perec Collection: Winter Journeys Georges Perec is probably best known for Life A User's Manual, or perhaps his lipogrammatic novel, A Void, which does not contain a single letter E, but his most reprinted work is actually a short story called The Winter Journey.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Lost Someone Author: John Burnside Collection: Something Like Happy I wasn't sure about this story for most of its length. It didn't seen to be going anywhere and time was running out, I could see the final few paragraphs looming away on the next page. But those final few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Going Up? Author: J.B. Priestley Collection: What a Life!: Selected Short Stories The ups and downs (sorry!) of the relationship between a lift operator in a department store and her ticket collector boyfriend. Priestley captures the petty jealousies and silly arguments of young lovers splendidly here. It is very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Fifth Beatle Author: David Rose Collection: Posthumous Stories An 80-year-old woman looks back on a chance encounter with the Fab Four in this clever short from David Rose's acclaimed collection. I can't give any more detail without spoiling the neat surprise within this tale but I can comment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Damn! Author: Charles Portis Collection: Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany I thought Charles Portis was dead. I mean, True Grit was ages ago and he must have been pretty old when he wrote that, right?* He is, apparently, alive and well as the introduction to this collection makes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: A Book in Time Author: Brian Aldiss Collection: The Complete Short Stories: The 1950s Full disclosure before we start: this is a book I publish but I am coming to the stories collected within it for the first time. I was browsing in Albert's, down Cecil Court, when I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: What a Life! Author: J.B. Priestley Collection: What a Life!: Selected Short Stories The latest collection from small press Turnpike Books is a set of Priestley stories appearing together in print for the first time in over sixty years. This opener offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the life of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Clancy Kid Author: Colin Barrett Collection: Young Skins One good way of reading a range of free short stories is to download Kindle samples of various collections. You do run the risk of the sample ending before the first story in the collection is finished but, more often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: A Child's Problem Author: Reggie Oliver Collection: Flowers of the Sea I read about this book in one of the Best of 2013 round ups and downloaded the Kindle sample in order to check it out. This opening tale is novella length and the sample, understandably but nonetheless frustratingly,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: School Dinner for Forty Author: Miss Read Collection: Tales from a Village School Over at my other blog I have been charting my attempts to read every Miss Read book during 2013. One of these is Tales from a Village School. Despite the title, it isn't part of her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: Mister Bookseller Author: Darko Macan and Tihomir Celanovic Collection: Online I saw writer David Belbin link to this online earlier today. It is a wonderful story about bookshops and the wonder of reading and the potency of memory which just happens to be told as a comic strip. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Last Kiss Author: Brigid Coady Collection: The Kiss Collection Let's be honest, I am not the target audience for this - an ebook short story aimed at fans of romance fiction - but I am always happy to try something outside of my comfort zone and am pleased... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Escape of the Sparrows Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi Collection: Fallen Words In the latest collection from the wise old man of comic books he has turned his hand to adapting rakugo or 'fallen words', stories from the centuries-old tradition of Japanese storytelling. Some work better than others, there are a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The House on St. John's Avenue Author: Paul McMichael Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 6 More prize winning fiction, this time the story that wowed the judges of the Bristol Short Story Prize. One couple visits another for a dinner. Both couples happen to be gay which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories