Short stories

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A Ballet of Lepers by Leonard Cohen review – intimations of immortality
A fascinating collection of early fiction foreshadows motifs and concerns that Cohen the performer later mined across decades

Tim Adams

03, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Here Be Leviathans by Chris Flynn review – luminescent experiments in narrative voice
By anthropomorphising a creek, a hotel room, a virus and other things, Flynn’s short stories ask us to truly inhabit this world we will ultimately leave behind

Declan Fry

29, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Yiyun Li: ‘I’m not that nice friendly Chinese lady who writes… Being subversive is important to me’
The Chinese American author, whose life has been shaped by tragedy, talks about her strange new novel set in rural France

Claire Armitstead

18, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley; Marple: Twelve New Stories – review
With a keen historian’s eye, Lucy Worsley pieces together the queen of crime’s life, work and misunderstood episode of mental illness, while Val McDermid, Natalie Haynes and others put a fresh spin on Miss Marple

Stephanie Merritt

18, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘Riveting’, ‘laugh-out-loud’, ‘beautifully written’: the best Australian books out in September
Each month, Guardian Australia editors and critics pick out the upcoming titles they’ve already devoured – or can’t wait to get their hands on

Steph Harmon, Sian Cain, Bec Kavanagh, Declan Fry and Imogen Dewey

05, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Total by Rebecca Miller review – emotionally complex stories
Wit and wisdom are constant delights in the film-maker and writer’s second short story collection, as she expertly picks apart the confusions of intimacy

Hephzibah Anderson

21, Aug, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Recitatif by Toni Morrison audiobook review – an experiment in racial bias
Actor Bahni Turpin narrates this story about the chance encounters between two girls from different races who first meet as roommates in an orphanage

Fiona Sturges

29, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Margaret Atwood to publish ‘highly personal’ collection of short stories
When it is published next year Old Babes in the Wood will mark the author’s first return to fiction since 2019’s The Testaments

Sarah Shaffi

27, Jul, 2022 @7:13 PM

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Caine prize goes to ‘incandescent’ short story by Idza Luhumyo
Five Years Next Sunday, about an ostracised girl who ‘holds the fate of her community in her hair’, wins £10,000 award for African writing in English

Sarah Shaffi

18, Jul, 2022 @9:30 PM

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All Walls Collapse, edited by Sarah Cleave and Will Forrester review – stories of separation
This anthology of short stories for writers’ association English PEN is packed with poignant and moving tales from around the world

Lucy Popescu

10, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Summer reading: the 30 best holiday reads – chosen by authors and critics
Novelists including Johny Pitts, Monica Ali and Nina Stibbe – plus Observer critics – on their essential holiday books

02, Jul, 2022 @1:00 PM

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What we’re reading: writers and readers on the books they enjoyed in June
Sinéad Gleeson, Gurnaik Johal and Guardian readers discuss the titles they’ve read over the last month. Join the conversation in the comments

Sinéad Gleeson, Gurnaik Johal and Guardian readers

30, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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