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Six Shorts - The finalists for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award by [Haddon, Mark, Hall, Sarah, Diaz, Junot, Smith, Ali, Jones, Cynan, Litt, Toby]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: The Sunday Times; 1 edition (13 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFVZYN6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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These are very good stories - as you'd expect. Turned out I'd read four of the six before, but I'm a glutton for contemporary short stories so it's not a great surprise. Junot Diaz should win the competition.

The only trouble is that as with so many ebooks, there are errors. There were typos and punctuation problems (and missing words) that tripped up my reading, in every one of the stories. Publishers, we are paying for these products; do you think you could do readers - and the writers, for that matter - the courtesy of proofreading? Thanks.
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I have not read every story so far but what I have read it's very well written. I did not "like" all of them, but that says more about my sensitivities than the writing, just includes some material I would not normally read, which is no bad thing I guess
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I don't like the term 'love it', but I thought this book was well worth reading a) as a means of gaining an insight into what judges regard as top quality short stories these days and b) as an opportunity to evaluate them for myself. I judge short stories on the basis of what I experience while I'm reading and what they leave me to think about afterwards. Mark Haddon, Cynan Jones and Junot Diaz all offered powerful, atmospheric writing. The stories by Haddon and Jones were both very exciting, and they managed to build tension which wasn't released till almost the end. For me Haddon would proabably have been the outright winner on this count. But then there was Sarah Hall's 'Evie'. Hall had a simple style of writing - plain, you might say - and she trod a very clever line between 'high art' and porn. I didn't enjoy the work while I was reading it. But afterwards I couldn't get it off my mind. I began to see what a lot it said about the relationship between men and women, and to understand that it raised an important question about the extent to which otherwise decent men will abuse women just because they can. Very thought-provoking.
Overall, I recommend the volume highly, and I'd love to know what others think.
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The warning said these stories contained some adult material and the first 2 stories certainly do.....
I enjoyed 5 of them (could not get into the one about badger baiting Im afraid (it was very well written though!)
Treat yourself you will be pleased you did!
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I teach writing (particularly the short-story) and expected these stories to be very good
but they were nothing special at all.

The group read them, were generally under-whelmed and we wondered seriously
about the selection process.

The coming of age winner we predicted, but it was mutton dressed up as lamb,
all voice but very little substance.

Try Best American Short Stories of the Century or Nathan Englander's "For the relief of Unbearable Urges"

Alex Keegan, author of Ballistics, Postcards From BalloonLand etc
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I bought this after reading an article in The Times about the competition etc and felt compelled to read them. Oh how I was disappointed! Particularly disliked the first story and this is the one which won! But then I am not a judge.
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As my title suggests I really enjoyed half of these story's & the other half......not so much.
My favourite was" Evie " by Sarah Hall, it was a beautifully written depiction of a woman's decline into serious illness that affects others around her in rather eye opening ways.
My least favourite was the offering by Toby Lott,it was sooo irritating,I really don't understand how it managed to get itself included in this volume,it certainly wasn't worthy of any prizes in my opinion, I felt like screaming "If you can't be bothered to write this story,then leave it alone"......I see the parallels he was trying to compare with his own Mother's illness. No,I didn't get it at all.
The 4 other story's ranged from ok...Mark Haddon to really boring....Cynan Jones
The price of the book is tiny so it was well worth just buying it for Sarah Hall's story alone.
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I enjoy a read before I go to sleep but sadly this collection did not suit me.

They were ordinary but not up to Sunday Times standard. I would not recommend this book, I am afraid, sorry!"
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