Short Stories 2018
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New short story collection from the Sudanese-born writer now resident in Scotland. With settings from Africa, the Middle East and Britain, these stories reveal the lives of those lost between cultures.
Telegram Books, £8.99, 2nd July 2018, 9781846592119
Dbut collection of short stories about moral and metaphysical metamorphoses includes a lovesick kraken that slowly drags the object of its desire, a ship of sailors, into the sea. A romp through the lunatic and surreal, says Head of Zeus.
Head of Zeus, £18.99, 8th March 2018, 9781786696632
Fifteen short stories by Andreyev, including some not previously translated into English.
Alma Classics, £8.99, 26th April 2018, 9781847497239
Fantastic cover for this collection of short stories from an anonymous North Korean dissident. The author, known as Bandi, which means firefly, has based his stories in fact, from the mother who draws the curtains on huge posters of Stalin and Kim Jong-il to stop her toddler crying, and finds her family instantly disgraced, to the competitive displays of mourning following the death of Kim Il-sung. The Accusation has sold over 10,000 copies, according to Serpent’s Tail, which is calling Bandi the Solzhenitsyn of North Korea. “Spare, direct, unflinching and bitterly angry,” said the Observer….
Serpent’s Tail, £8.99, 4th January 2018, 9781781257555
A collection of short stories from a debut writer currently serving a life sentence in Michigan’s prison system. “Not only moving and genuine, but genuinely important; one that, without resorting to shock tactics, powerfully conveys the perverse inhumanity of mass incarceration,” said the Guardian. Canongate says that Dawkins has directed the money from publication into an education fund for his children, but the State of Michigan is suing him to pay for his incarceration….
Canongate Books Ltd, £9.99, 5th July 2018, 9781786891136
Annual guide to the short story, now in its eighth year, from British writers whether based in the UK or elsewhere.
Salt Publishing, £9.99, 15th July 2018, 9781784631369