Short stories

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In brief: Every Good Boy Does Fine; Islanders; Sentient – review
Pianist Jeremy Denk’s insightful memoir, tales of Guernsey life by Cathy Thomas and Jackie Higgins’s vivid exploration of the senses

Hannah Beckerman

22, May, 2022 @4:00 PM

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You Have a Friend in 10A by Maggie Shipstead review – flawed lives fluently explored
The novelist shows her expertise in the briefer format in tales of sexual power, self-delusion and flawed personality

Stephanie Merritt

08, May, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Short story writer Deesha Philyaw: ‘I wanted to challenge the church’s obsession with sex’
The author of the acclaimed The Secret Life of Church Ladies on the Black American Christian community, sexual shame and coming to terms with her queerness

Lucy Knight

05, May, 2022 @10:53 AM

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Reward System by Jem Calder review – generation Zzzz
Six interlinked stories aim to capture the uncertainty of young adulthood today with mixed results

Holly Williams

02, May, 2022 @8:30 AM

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In brief: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain; The Slow Road to Tehran; Drift – review
George Saunders leads a writing masterclass, Rebecca Lowe goes on a cycling adventure and Caryl Lewis makes a magical English-language fiction debut

Ben East

01, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Reverse Engineering edited by Tom Conaghan review – the power of brevity
Interviews with authors bolster their short stories in this impressive collection from a new publisher

Ben East

12, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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We Move by Gurnaik Johal review – a colourful tapestry of multicultural lives
Johal weaves stories of Southall citizens with economy and skill in this compelling debut collection

John Self

04, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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We Move by Gurnaik Johal review – virtuosic stories of British-Punjabi life
The understated and surprising tales in this debut collection provide multiple perspectives on recurring scenes

Sana Goyal

01, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Night, Neon and Other Stories of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates review – nuanced, not neat, thrillers
Embracing the twists and turns of everyday American life, the author’s latest short story collection is playful, gripping and disturbing

Ben East

27, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Gurnaik Johal: ‘I am constantly wondering about the lives of others’
The prizewinning author on the Southall riots of the early 80s and his debut collection, inspired by London’s never-ending narratives

Anita Sethi

26, Mar, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Homesickness by Colin Barrett; Dance Move by Wendy Erskine – reviews
Colin Barrett deftly captures alarming violence and the richness of family saga, while Wendy Erskine frequently leaves the reader wrongfooted

Anthony Cummins

20, Mar, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Madeline Miller: ‘Reading Ayn Rand was like being dipped in slime’
The author of The Song of Achilles on discovering TS Eliot, her childhood love of James Herriot and the subversive genius of Chinua Achebe

Madeline Miller

11, Mar, 2022 @10:00 AM

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