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on 31 January 2010
This just about eclipses Rick De Marinis's "The Art and Craft of the Short Story" as my favourite "How To..." book.
Vanessa Gebbie - who writes a mean short story herself - has assembled a bunch of writers with a solid track record of winning prizes in the shorter form. Each of them has written a short essay on a different aspect of short story writing - from character to setting - and ends their contribution with a list of their personal favourite stories, which is a nice touch. Paul Magrs' rather idiosyncratic Dos and Don'ts list is great.

I would award this five stars but for the contribution of Graham Mort, whose slightly pretentious essay stands out as being ridiculously erudite in an otherwise fun-to-read and hugely accessible collection.

Strongly recommended.
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4.9 out of 5 stars