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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 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Slip this lightweight but nourishing anthology into your holiday bag. Editor Royle has selected 20 published stories from British writers. His own (excellent) taste means that little explosions of weirdness or transcendence often erupt amid much well-observed everyday life.--Boyd Tonkin "Independent "

It's so good that it's hard to believe that there was no equivalent during the 17 years since Giles Gordon and David Hughes's Best English Short Stories ceased publication in 1994. The first selection makes a very good beginning--Kate Saunders "Times "

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 "

Let's hope this series becomes an annual fixture.--Chris Power "The Guardian "

About the Author

Nicholas Royle was born in Manchester in 1963. He is the author of seven novels, including: Counterparts, Saxophone Dreams, and First Novel, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited sixteen anthologies, including A Book of Two Halves and Neonlit: Time Out Book of New Writing. He lives between London and Manchester and teaches creative writing at MMU. Socrates Adams lives in Manchester and works as a bookseller. His first novel, Everything's Fine, was published by Transmission Print in January 2012. He has had stories published in Shoestring, Word Soup: Year One and Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds. A.K. Benedict read English at Cambridge and studied creative writing at Sussex. She has composed film and TV soundtracks and has published short stories and poems in small journals. Her first novel, The Beauty of Murder, is due to be published in late 2012. Neil Campbell is from Manchester. He has two collections of short stories, Broken Doll and Pictures From Hopper, published by Salt, and two poetry collections, Birds and Bugsworth Diary, published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press, who have also published his short fiction chapbook, Ekphrasis. Recent stories have appeared in Unthology 6, Stockholm Review and Best British Short Stories 2015. A collection of flash fiction, Fog Lane, is forthcoming from Gumbo Press and his first novel, Sky Hooks, is due for publication from Salt in 2016. @neilcambers. Ramsey Campbell is the author of numerous novels and short story collections. He has been described, by the Oxford Companion to English Literature, as 'Britain's most respected living horror writer'. He is the President of both the British Fantasy Society and the Society of Fantastic Films. He lives on Merseyside. Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels including her latest, The Purple Shroud. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were long-listed for the Orange Prize. She won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 (Martha Grace) and 2013 (Come Away With Me), and Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora). She has reviewed for The Review Show (BBC2), Front Row (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK. In addition to her writing work she is a theatre director and performer. Stuart Evers is the author of two short story collections, Ten Stories About Smoking and Your Father Sends His Love, and a novel, If This is Home. He lives in London with his family. Julian Gough was born in London, grew up in Ireland and now lives in Berlin. He is the author of the novels Juno & Juliet and Jude. His short story, 'The Orphan and the Mob', won the 2007 BBC Short Story Prize. Joel Lane was born in 1963 and lives in Birmingham. He is the author of the novels From Blue to Black and The Blue Mask as well as a novella and four collections, The Earth Wire, The Lost District, The Terrible Changes and the booklet Do Not Pass Go. He has also edited or co-edited three anthologies of short stories. Jo Lloyd, brought up in Wales, has won the Asham Short Story Award and the Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in New Short Stories 3, Cut to the Bias and Riptide. 'Tarnished Sorry Open' received a McGinnis-Ritchie Award from Southwest Review for the best fiction published in the magazine in 2011. Award-winning poet and playwright Jaki McCarrick was born in London to Irish parents and educated at Middlesex University and Trinity College, Dublin. Her story, 'The Visit', won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Prize. Alison Macleod is the author of two novels, The Changeling and The Wave Theory of Angels, and a short story collection, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. She lives in Brighton and teaches creative writing at the University of Chichester. Michael Marshall Smith has published - under that name and as Michael Marshall and MM Smith - ten novels and four collections of short stories. Born in Knutsford, Cheshire, in 1965, he now lives in Santa Cruz, California. Dan Powell is an award winning author whose short fiction has been published in Carve, Paraxis, Fleeting and The Best British Short Stories 2012. In 2013 he received a Carve Esoteric Award for his story 'Storm in a Teacup' and his debut collection was shortlisted for the 2013 Scott Prize. He teaches part-time and is currently working on his first novel. Will Self is the award-winning author of eight novels and as many short story collections. A broadcaster and journalist, in February 2012 he was made Professor of Contemporary Thought at London's Brunel University. Robert Shearman has published three collections - Tiny Deaths, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Everyone's Just So So Special. An award-winning playwright, radio dramatist and Doctor Who screenwriter, he is currently resident writer at Edinburgh Napier University. H.P. Tinker is the author of the short story collection, The Swank Bisexual Wine Bar of Modernity. His stories have also appeared in Dreams Never End, The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, Bloody Vampires and elsewhere. Jonathan Trigell's first novel, Boy A, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was adapted as a BAFTA award-winning television film. He has published two more novels, Cham and Genus. Born in 1974, he lives in Chamonix. Emma Jane Unsworth's short fiction has been published by Comma, Prospect and Redbeck Press. Her first novel, Hungry, the Stars and Everything, was published by the Hidden Gem Press in 2011. Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and brought up in Accrington. Her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published in 1985. She has since published numerous books and in 2006 was awarded an OBE for services to literature.


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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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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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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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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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I like all styles of writing from bios to sci fi but this was very very odd.
There was not one tale I could get my head round.
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Some of the stories are confusing. I expected a more gripping read after reading it's predecessor. I would probably buy another collection as perhaps the reviews will have given guidance to the types of stories the average reader wants to read.
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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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