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1 April 2012 Best British Short Stories
The second in a brand-new series of annual anthologies, "The Best British Short Stories 2012" reprints the cream of short fiction, by British writers, first published in 2011. These stories first appeared in magazines from "Ambit" to "Granta", in anthologies across various genres from publishers big and small, and in authors' own short story collections. They were broadcast on radio and delivered by mobile phone app. They appeared online at "Metazen" and "Paraxis".

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907773185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907773181
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‎A good core sample [Helen Simpson's analogy for the short story] tells you "everything you need to know about the history and geography and inhabitants and social conditions of the area, in wonderfully concise form." Drawn from writers both famous and unknown, from printed sources, radio and the web, the stories in this collection, more often than not, do just that. (Carol Birch The Times Literary Supplement)

Prepare to be amazed, horrified and delighted! From the quirkiness of Will Self’s iAnna via the surrealism of HP Tinker’s Alice in Time & Space and Various Major Cities and the pure, cinematic light of Stella Duffy’s To Brixton Beach, to Jeanette Winterson’s bold and exquisitely written All I Know About Gertrude Stein, this eclectic anthology encompasses an astonishing variety of style and content, bound together by two book-end pieces, each set in a library. (Susan Haigh The Short Review)


Some pairings can be relied upon – literature and life, Steptoe and Son, Lennon and McCartney, Nicholas Royle and a good anthology. (Andrew O’Hagan)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Short Stories 2012 12 Jun 2013
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Thes stories are inspiring especially for a budding short story writter like me. We all need to aim as high as these writers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very modern short stories 29 Dec 2012
By Jethro
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The stories are in general very well written and with some of the most original ideas - highly recommended to any lover of short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great short stories 15 Sep 2012
By dorcas
If you enjoy the short story form, you'll love this book. The stories are weird, adventurous, moving and at times hopeful. My favourites - and it's hard to choose - are the first and last stories both dealing with libraries. 'I arrive first ' by Emma Jane Unsworth kept me guessing and AK Benedict's story 'The Last LIbrary' - the last story in the collection - was brilliantly written, deeply involving and engaging. I enjoyed the top and tailing of the collection in this way, too. In between are stories by Stella Duffy, Jeannette Winterson and loads of others - what's not to like?
PS AK Benedict has a novel coming out in February 2012. I can't wait. The Beauty of Murder
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5.0 out of 5 stars The British short story is thriving 1 Nov 2012
This is a fantastic collection. I actually couldn't put it down, which is rare for an anthology. Each story creates a world of its own and there are some truly masterful examples of the form. There's a wide range of genres and writers, but the level is universally high. I'm already looking forward to the 2013 collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift 20 Nov 2013
By m duffy
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I chose this rating because, although I didn't read the book myself because it was to give as a present, I did look at the table of contents and realized that it did include most of the authors I love and think highly of.
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