Short Stories 2019
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The capital of Iran is caught on the page in 10 stories by new and emerging writers. Part of Comma Press’ award-winning Reading the City series.
Comma Press, £9.99, 25th April 2019, 9781910974247
The stories in this first collection from the writer dubbed a new voice in working-class and regional fiction by Myriad are dominated by matriarchs, I’m told. Contains “Broken Crockery”, which won the 2009 Guardian National Short Story Award, and BBC National Short Story Award-shortlisted “Barmouth”.
Myriad Editions, £8.99, 18th April 2019, 9781912408160
His second collection of short stories includes “Gunter Weber’s Confession”, in which we return to the characters from his 1995 bestseller Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Notwithstanding, his first collection, sold 100,000 copies, according to the publisher.
Harvill Secker, £16.99, 11th April 2019, 9781911215646
Author Demirtas is the Kurdish politician, former leader of the People’s Democratic Party, who is currently serving a 183-year prison sentence. This short story collection, a portrait of modern Turkey drawn from the lives of its ordinary citizens, was written behind bars. Turkey has more than 150 journalists and writers in prison, more than any other country in the world.
Hogarth, £10.99, 25th April 2019, 9781781090749
Twenty-four women reach pivotal moments in their lives in this short story collection from Eclair. Includes line drawings from the author.
Sphere, £8.99, 14th February 2019, 9780751567076
Sixteen short stories from the Scottish author which explore sex, sexuality, motherhood, death and ambition.
Granta Books, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781847086679
A new collection of short stories from the National Book Award-winning Johnson, his first in 25 years.
Vintage, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781784708177
Portobello Books Ltd, £10.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781846276675
Serpent’s Tail, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781781259535
Corsair, £12.99, 30th October 2018, 9781472154347
A collection of suspense stories from the award-winning author.
Head of Zeus, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781788543705
An anthology of short stories from names including Ben Okri and A L Kennedy, alongside new voices from the Pin Drop Short Story Award, which Oldfield runs.
Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 1st March 2019, 9781471147333
Faber & Faber, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9780571339693
Fifteen linked short stories, set around Lookout Mountain on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, which expose lives torn between spirituality and sexuality-including a wife who returns home with her husband to find her lover’s corpse in their bed….
Picador, £12.99, 21st February 2019, 9781509858989
First collection of short stories from the author of Cat Person, the short story published online in the New Yorkerat the end of 2017 which went viral, with 2.6 million hits and counting (already available as a £3.99 paperback, 9781787331150). The themes here are sex, dating and modern life, blended with elements of horror fiction, as Roupenian “takes a long hard look at the messed-up power dynamic between men and women—and messes it up some more”. Rights to this collection have sold in 24 territories, and HBO is set to produce an “anthology drama series” based on the book.
Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 7th February 2019, 9781787331105
An anthology of great Japanese short stories, many not previously translated into English.
Penguin Classics, £10.99, 4th April 2019, 9780241311905
The first short story collection from the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin tackles the subject of property.
The Borough Press, £8.99, 21st February 2019, 9780008265250
A first story collection from the author of American Wife.
Black Swan, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781784164409
A short story collection set in Cornwall from the author of Diving Belles and the novel Weathering.
Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 29th January 2019, 9780008193409