Short stories

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The best books of 2021, chosen by our guest authors
From piercing studies of colonialism to powerful domestic sagas and all points in between, our panel of writers share their favourite titles of 2021

05, Dec, 2021 @9:29 AM

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Lydia Davis: ‘I write it the way I want to write it’
The author on flash fiction, translation as a route to creativity, and why we need to prioritise the climate crisis over ‘business as usual with writing’

Anthony Cummins

27, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Top 10 novels and stories of the 1970s | Hilma Wolitzer
In a decade when feminism brought a new weight to the treatment and status of women in fiction, the best male writers began to take domestic life seriously

Hilma Wolitzer

24, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Look for Me and I’ll Be Gone by John Edgar Wideman review – inimitable storytelling
Fiction and real-life tragedy collide in the American’s inventive, melancholic stories addressing criminal justice and the concept of time

Kadish Morris

21, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love by Huma Qureshi review – a fine debut
In this first collection, sweetly domestic stories are complicated when characters confront hidden wounds

Shahidha Bari

17, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love by Huma Qureshi review – tales of everyday tragedy
Young women of Pakistani heritage struggle to connect with their partners and mothers in an evocative and striking collection

Holly Williams

14, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle review – stories about lockdown and loss
Tender and humorous tales explore our need for connections with others in a world made strange by Covid

Katy Guest

28, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Dark Neighbourhood by Vanessa Onwuemezi review – wildly original
This debut collection of stories uses visceral language and a disruptive style to explore the challenges of knowing ourselves and others

David Hayden

21, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Claire Keegan: ‘I think something needs to be as long as it needs to be’
The acclaimed Irish writer on writing short works, the Magdalene Laundries and her new hobby, horse training

Claire Armitstead

20, Oct, 2021 @2:01 PM

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Lucy Caldwell wins BBC national short story award for ‘masterful’ tale
Having been shortlisted twice before, this year the Northern Irish writer takes the £15,000 prize for All the People Were Mean and Bad

Alison Flood

19, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle review – frustrated lives in lockdown
In these emotionally charged short stories, Doyle explores love, resentment and connection through the eye of the pandemic

Stephanie Merritt

17, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Bernardine Evaristo picks black authors for London ‘short story stations’
Author teams up with Canary Wharf to distribute short works by five writers during Black History Month

Aamna Mohdin Community affairs correspondent

05, Oct, 2021 @11:21 AM

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