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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907773479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907773471
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An aweseome anthology from an exciting publisher. Features some writers you know, alongside those you'll hear more of in the future.--Waterstones, Reading

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If the aim of this collection is to show the scope of the short story, then it does so well … Thought-provoking and highly recommended. (Shelley Marsden Irish World)

Let's hope this series becomes an annual fixture. (Chris Power The Guardian)

If you are new to short stories or are going to get only one short story collection this year then we recommend this one highly (Lovereading UK)

An awesome anthology from an exciting publisher. Features some writers you know, alongside those you’ll hear more of in the future. (Waterstones, Reading)

Stories that linger long after the first reading, and many that demand to be read again. (hilaireinlondon.wordpress.com)

Nicholas Royle’s affair with all things uncanny shines through. (Clare Conlon Bookmunch)

Royle’s (excellent) taste means that little explosions of weirdness or transcendence often erupt amid much well-observed everyday life. (Boyd Tonkin The Independent)

Highly recommended (Kate Saunders The Times)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rob Spence VINE VOICE on 8 Aug 2013
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The latest in this annual series is very much the mixture as before, with well-established authors rubbing shoulders with newer names, with stories garnered from a variety of sources, from the august (Granta, The Edinburgh Review) to the obscure (Willesden Herald New Short Stories 6) and with some having previously been published online only. The selection, by editor Nicholas Royle, delights by its variety and its juxtaposition of the nightmarish and the mundane. Royle's entertaining introduction starts with a lively rant at the concept of flash fiction, and then goes on to examine the state of the short story in Britain today, which, it seems, is in rude health.

The collection offers stories by leading authors such as Jackie Kay, Adam Lively, Robert Shearman and Lesley Glaister. More intriguingly, the volume features some writers new to me, whose profile will benefit from the exposure gained by being alongside those familiar names. Regi Claire's 'The Tasting' is an unsettling, somewhat surreal tale in which a woman is led into a dangerous game that threatens her being and her sanity; in Nikesh Shukla's 'Canute' a man escapes briefly from his life as a software engineer to lose control as he hunts for sea-bass; Charles Lambert's 'Curtains' explores the devastatingly destructive psychological effects of abortion on a couple; Laura Del-Rivo's 'J Krissmann in the Park' is a strange vignette in which an oddly obsessive old man filters the everyday world through his fractured consciousness. There is no overall theme, other than excellence, to the collection, but time and again, one senses a kind of Verfremdungseffekt - that sense by which the familiar is made strange.

This volume, like the previous ones in the series, is highly recommended, and Salt are to be congratulated for promoting the continuing development of the short story in this country. And thanks too to Nicholas Royle, whose voracious reading allowed him to identify these gems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr J E Gould on 1 July 2013
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These stories range from the slightly experimental to more character-based pieces but what they have across the board is good well thought out writing. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keiran Lee Foord on 14 Feb 2014
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This book is an amazing read, it's full of wonderful short stories (as it says in the title!) It was nice to see different stories in one book. Worth the money. AMAZING!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M P Harvey on 1 July 2013
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What a great collection, a fabulous ensemble of writers & stories. I especially enjoyed Dancing to Nat King Cole by James Wall, he is surely a writer we are going to hear a great deal more from, as well as the stories by David Rose, Alison Moore, Ellis Sharp, & Charles Lambert.
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By Sandra Whitworth on 30 Nov 2014
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I enjoyed the selection of stories I read but observed that Nicholas Royle may have had a particular preference to the stories published mainly because each story had so many similarities in the characters, the storyline and outcome. It was becoming predictable near the last two stories or maybe even before that.
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