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The Story: Love, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Hislop
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'This huge, beautiful book is a treasure chest ... a collection so good, it's essential' The Times.

'A celebration of female writers with contributions from many of our favourites' Good Housekeeping.

'Beautiful ... glittering ... The scope is wide, rich and often unexpected ... it blows Bridget out of the water' Independent.

'[This] has given me more pleasure this year than almost all the rest of my reading put together.' Mariella Frostrup.

'A rich feast.' Nigella Lawson.

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Special promotional price to celebrate the short story (limited period).

Featuring two centuries of women's short fiction, ranging from established Queens of the short story like Alice Munro and Angela Carter, to contemporary rising stars like Miranda July and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this is the biggest and most beautiful collection in print today.

Handpicked by one of the nation's favourite novelists, Victoria Hislop - herself a great writer of, and champion for, short stories - and divided thematically into collections on love, loss and the lives of women, there's a story for every mood, mindset and moment in life.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Emma Donoghue, Daphne Du Maurier, Stella Duffy, Susan Hill, Doris Lessing, Penelope Lively, Katherine Mansfield, Hilary Mantel, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Ali Smith, Muriel Spark, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Virginia Woolf.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2298 KB
  • Print Length: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (22 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4GU4RC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Redemption of Galen Pike is the second collection of short stories by Carys Davies. Her debut collection of short stories Some New Ambush (Salt 2007) was longlisted for the Wales Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Prize, and a finalist for the Calvino Prize in the US. Since then she has won the 2010 Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, the 2011 Royal Society of Literature's V S Pritchett Memorial Prize, and a 2013 Northern Writers' Award. She was a finalist in the 2013 William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Short Story Competition and the 2013 Manchester Fiction Prize and longlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines, anthologies and on-line, including, most recently, The Dublin Review, Granta New Writing, Prospect, The Royal Society of Literature Review, The Stinging Fly and The Story Love Loss & The Lives Of Women 100 Great Short Stories. Born in Wales, she grew up in the Midlands, lived and worked for 11 years in New York and Chicago, and now lives in Lancaster.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories: a way to discover new authors 3 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book over a number of weeks, on my Kindle, without really appreciating just how much reading was involved for 100 stories. It's not like holding a hefty book. But I enjoyed every single one of them. Some of the authors were well-known, others were new to me. Some made me laugh out loud (I'm thinking of Dorothy Parker here), others stopped my breath with sadness. I discovered authors I want to explore further: one of the reasons I have always loved short stories.

The short story form is fascinating. As a writer, I find the form freeing, an opportunity to try something different, to focus tightly on a theme or character that has caught my interest, to play with structure, genre, voice. As a reader I am very demanding, like anthology editor Victoria Hislop I want to be instantly grabbed by a story. "Readers are allowed to be impatient with short stories," she writes. "My own patience limit for a novel which I am not hugely enjoying may be three or four chapters. If it has not engaged me by then, it has lost me and is returned to the library or taken to a charity shop. With a short story, three or four pages are the maximum I allow (sometimes they are only five or six pages long in any case). A short story can entice us in without preamble or background information, and for that reason it had no excuse. It must not bore us even for a second."

So, my favourite stories? Hislop has divided her selection into three sections so I have chosen three from each.

My favourite 3 stories:-
Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Atlantic Crossing’ – the gentle story of love and longing at a distance. My favourite story of all, I think.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diverse and Interesting Selection 27 Oct. 2013
How difficult it must be to choose one hundred pieces of short fiction from the huge number and variety of short stories in print, many of them written by very talented authors. Victoria Hislop, however, has done very well to bring together a diverse selection of stories and authors in this beautifully presented doorstep of a book. Naturally Victoria Hislop has included stories from authors renowned for their short stories: Katherine Mansfield (two stories by this very talented writer); Alice Munro (three stories from the Canadian short story writer and winner of the 2009 Booker International Prize); Flannery O'Connor (one story only, but a very good one ['The Life You Save May Be Your Own'] from this unique American author whose collection of short fiction: Complete Stories won the US Best of the National Book Awards in 2009); Helen Simpson (three stories from this British author including 'Sorry' a perceptive and rather sad story of an elderly man whose new hearing aid picks up much more than he bargained for) and only one story from the marvellous American short story writer, Edith Pearlman, whose latest collection Binocular Vision won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. Also included are three stories by the Scottish author Elspeth Davie, who, although not as well known as some of the aforementioned, was a writer who found her true potential in the form of the short story, where she was able to combine her distinctive blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary to very good effect. It's also good to see that Mavis Gallant has been included, although there is only one piece from this excellent short story writer. Read more ›
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mix, what's not to like? 24 Aug. 2013
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85p for 100 stories by some outstanding female authors; 800pp is amazing value.

The book is split into three themed sections; love, loss and lives. It's easy to skip forward or back, but one very minor niggle; I'd like an interactive contents at the beginning so I could choose particular authors easily. No compilation will ever please everyone. I've dipped into the book and having read about a quarter, I've enjoyed them all. I've been reintroduced to Muriel Spark, Katherine Mansfield and Doris Lessing. Authors who have, to some extent, fallen out of popular favour. But this book has whetted my appetite for some of their longer works.

There's a brief pen portrait of the author at the start of each story and sufficient variety to suit any mood. I found a couple which made me laugh out loud and one which was so sad, it brought tears to my eyes. I don't intend to comment on which I like best as personal taste differs, but this is a truly diverse and absorbing collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 22 Nov. 2013
By Gracey
Absolutely gorgeous book. I bought it as a pressie but kept it myself and have re-ordered!! Excellent choice of stories and perfect for Christmas.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Story: 100 Great Short Stories 24 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As no-one has reviewed this yet, thought I'd be the first! Brought it for 85p, so my first thought was what's not to like at that price?! And it's true, there are some brilliant stories but there are some surprisingly mediocre ones as well. I haven't finished the book yet so really am reviewing only the 1st third of the book. As Victoria Hislop says in her introduction, it's all a matter of personal preference anyway; what moves one person will leave another going 'Duh?'

The short story can be a thing of polished brilliance. But then again, many of the stories have a beginning, a middle, and then....nothing. It's almost like the author said 'I'm bored with this, let's go and do something else!' And then the reader (well, this reader)feels resentful that they have invested time in getting to grips with another story, another set of characters...

Still, that's my take on it! What will others think? I will go and read something else, and dip into it at intervals, rather like not eating a whole box of chocolates at once!
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