UK Short Stories 2018

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Short Stories 2018

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The Sea Beast Takes a Lover

by Michael Andreasen


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

The Abyss and Other Stories

by Leonid Andreyev


Fifteen short stories by Andreyev, including some not previously translated into English.

Alma Classics, £8.99, 26th April 2018, 9781847497239

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea

by Bandi

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

For a Little While

by Rick Bass

A collection of short stories from the award-winning author. The Spectator said “praise to Pushkin Press for introducing us to an astonishing literary voice” in its review; Pushkin points out that it launched Edith Pearlman in the UK in 2013 with her collection Binocular Vision, which it says has sold over 12,000 copies to date….

Pushkin Press, £12.99, 4th January 2018, 9781782273066

The Dinner Party

by Joshua Ferris


A collection of short stories from the author of Then We Came To the End, which was longlisted for the Guardian first book award.

Penguin Books Ltd, £8.99, 5th April 2018, 9780241979983


I’d Die for You: And Other Lost Stories

by Scott F. Fitzgerald


A collection of the last remaining unpublished short stories by F Scott Fitzgerald.

Scribner UK, £9.99, 10th April 2018, 9781471164736


The Beggar and Other Stories

by Gaito Gazdanov 


Translated for the first time, the best short stories by the “modernist master” Gazdanov (1903-71) which explore the senselessness of life, the nature of fate and the richness of the inner life….

Pushkin Press, £12.00, 28th March 2018, 9781782274018

Bad Dreams and Other Stories

by Tessa Hadley

A new collection of stories from the author of The Past and The London Train.

Vintage, £8.99, 25th January 2018, 9781784704049

The Last Wolf & Herman

by Laszlo Krasznahorkai


The Man Booker International Prize-winner’s two novellas, The Last Wolf and Herman, are collected here….

Tuskar Rock, £8.99, 4th January 2018, 9781781258149


Virgin: and Other Stories

by April Ayers Lawson

The winner of the 2011 Plimpton Prize for Fiction’s first story collection, which the Sunday Times’ Culture section said was “lit by the sheer intelligence of her writing and her X-ray eye for the inner dynamics of relationships”….

Granta Books, £8.99, 4th January 2018, 9781847085610

All the Beloved Ghosts

by Alison Macleod


A collection of short stories from the Booker-longlisted author of Unexploded.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 8th March 2018, 9781408863787


Homesick For Another World

by Ottessa Moshfegh

First collection of short stories from the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen, called “razor-sharp” by Zadie Smith….

Vintage, £9.99, 11th January 2018, 9781784701505

The Refugees

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A short-story collection from the Pulitzer-winning author of The Sympathizers.

Corsair, £8.99, 11th January 2018, 9781472153784

Dis Mem Ber

by Joyce Carol Oates

Seven disquieting stories from the prolific and brilliant Oates. “As usual with Oates, it is horribly readable, but driven by something disturbingly like genuine misanthropy,” found the Sunday Times….

Head of Zeus, £7.99, 11th January 2018, 9781786693990

The Burning Ground

by Adam O’Riordan

The award-winning poet’s dbut short-story collection, called “wonderfully lyrical and bittersweet” by the Observer….

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 11th January 2018, 9781408864791


by Chris Power 


First collection of short stories from the literary critic is peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends and whose stories “lay bare the emotional and psychic damage of life, love and abandonment”, says Faber….

Faber & Faber, £10.00, 1st March 2018, 9780571339686


Property: A Collection

by Lionel Shriver

I am huge fan of Shriver’s writing, which is sharp and ascerbic yet always entertaining; she can make you laugh and wince at the same time. This is her first collection of short stories, all on the broad theme of ownership. My favourite story is “The Standing Chandelier”-which was published as a standalone hardback novella in November 2017-in which a friendship between two former lovers is finally severed by the wedding gift of a bizarre sculpture. “Domestic Terrorism” tells of the lengths a married couple go to in order to try and shift their indolent thirtysomething son, who is very resistant to the idea of leaving the family home.

The Borough Press, £14.99, 19th April 2018, 9780008265229

The Complete Short Stories

by Muriel Spark

An introduction from Janice Galloway for this collection of stories from Spark.

Canongate Canons, £14.99, 4th January 2018, 9781786890016

Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing

by Emma Timpany


A collection of the best new writing in Cornwall, this will be launched at the St Ives Literary Festival.

The History Press Ltd, £12.00, 2nd April 2018, 9780750983556

Tales from a Master’s Notebook: Stories Henry James Never Wrote

by Various


Writers including Colm Toibin and Rose Tremain have written stories inspired by ideas in Henry James’ notebooks….

Vintage Classics, £14.99, 5th April 2018, 9781784871475


The Sing of the Shore

by Lucy Wood


More short stories steeped in the Cornish landscape from the acclaimed author of Diving Belles and Other Stories. “She has an instinct for the inner meanings of myths that echoes the great Angela Carter. Superb”-the Times….

Fourth Estate Ltd, £14.99, 19th March 2018, 9780008193393