Short stories

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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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Newly discovered Tennessee Williams story published for the first time
The 1952 work by the Streetcar Named Desire playwright was found in Harvard University’s archives

Alison Flood

15, Sep, 2021 @11:35 AM

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4thWrite short story prize goes to ‘bold and striking new voice’ Gift Nyoni
Award for the best new black and minority ethnic writers in the UK goes to Zimbabwe-born author for his story of a boy meeting his father for the first time

Alison Flood

01, Sep, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Top 10 magical short stories | Uschi Gatward
From Oscar Wilde to Dorothy Parker and Sherman Alexie, these stories capture enchantments that are often camouflaged in ordinary life

Uschi Gatward

01, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Miss Marple back on the case in stories by Naomi Alderman, Ruth Ware and more
Agatha Christie’s beloved sleuth to return in new authorised collection featuring contemporary writers including Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Mosse and Val McDermid

Alison Flood

31, Aug, 2021 @12:42 PM

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Blank Pages by Bernard MacLaverty – stories from the far end of life
A matchless observer of human details returns with tales of bereavement and endurance

John Self

19, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘If there was a revolution, I’d be there’
The award-winning author on Beckett, Marxism, and why she resists identifying herself as a writer

Alex Clark

14, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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