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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 6 days ago 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
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Story: Lines Author: Michael Parkin Collection: Guardian Online And this was the runner up in the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize (I reviewed the winner earlier in the week). No words, just images, and yet this is miles more entertaining that much of the stuff I have read for this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Colonic Author: Emily Haworth-Booth Collection: Guardian Online This was the winner of the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize and the link above will allow you to read the whole thing at the Guardian website. It is the story of one woman's experience of colonic irrigation and is, I must... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: A Big Leap Author: Gavin Cameron Collection: Because of What Happened The latest volume of this Fiction Desk anthology includes a few examples of flash fiction, this being one. A young girl is chatting to someone/something much smaller, we aren't sure who/what at first but we, naturally, discover at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Mistletoe Bride Author: Kate Mosse Collection: The Mistletoe Bride & other Haunting Tales Published just in time for Halloween is this collection of ghost stories and other mildly spooky tales from the author of the multi-million selling Languedoc Trilogy. Each is inspired by an English or French folk... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Samsa in Love Author: Haruki Murakami Collection: The New Yorker Last month, in Japan, Haruki Murakami published a new collection called Ten Selected Love Stories. It included nine stories by writers such as Alice Munro and Peter Stamm as well as this one which he wrote himself. The New... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Love Stops at Ten Metres Author: Ian Shine Collection: Because of What Happened A story comprised entirely of dialogue is hard to pull off, but Shine manages it here with a conversation between mother and daughter which quickly turns into a stand off about who loves the husband/father more.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Adam & Eve & Pinch Me Author: A.E. Coppard Collection: Weep Not My Wanton Well I wasn't expecting this. The first two stories in this collection are earthy, poetic, pastoral tales about travellers and the countryside and suchlike but this is a spooky, almost metaphysical story in which a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Shark's Fin Author: Phyllis Bottome Collection: Best Stories Another story from this collection curated by Daphne du Maurier, although I have yet to find many people who have actually read or heard of Phyllis Bottome. Dorothy is on honeymoon with her husband, Jo. When Jo boats off to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Me And My Short Stories