Short Stories 2019
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A collection of short stories tackling instances of racism and cultural unrest, called “surreal” and “startling” by the Guardian and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
riverrun, £8.99, 25th June 2019, 9781787476004
Comma Press, £9.99, 25th April 2019, 9781910974247
First collection of short stories from an exciting new writer who has already won the prestigious White Review short story prize. Judge Chloe Aridjis said: “Her work has a timelessness to it, and a generosity of emotion that’s brave and affecting.”
Picador, £12.99, 28th May 2019, 9781529012569
Set in Jamaica and America, this collection of short stories was one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s 15 Favourite Books of 2018; Zadie Smith called it “thrilling”.
Picador, £8.99, 25th June 2019, 9781509883622
All the shortlisted stories for this year’s prize, judged by novelists Richard Beard and Daisy Johnson, 2017 winner Cynan Jones, BBC Radio books editor Di Speirs and chair Nikki Bedi, who presents “The Arts Hour” on BBC World Service.
Comma Press, £7.99, 5th September 2019, 9781912697229
Myriad Editions, £8.99, 18th April 2019, 9781912408160
“These assured, accomplished stories are reports from a world in which unacknowledged dark energies undermine and render hollow our bright, rational self-understanding. With passion and intelligence, and rare moral insight, Boehmer traces the scars left on the psyche by the tortuous histories of the South,” J M Coetzee.
Myriad Editions, £8.99, 3rd October 2019, 9781912408245
Surrealist tales for fans of George Saunders, “where hearts take vacations and language is kept in zoos”.
Melville House Publishing, £12.99, 18th June 2019, 9781612197579
Collection of long out-of-print short stories from the Belgian feminist author (1906-96) much admired by Simone de Beauvoir.
Pushkin Press, £12.00, 6th June 2019, 9781782275138
Nine stories uncovering the inner lives of black men and boys caught between hope and expectation, duty and desire. A finalist for the National Book Award in the US.
Profile Books Ltd, £12.99, 6th June 2019, 9781788163217
A preface by Janet Malcom for this selection of Chekhov’s short fiction, translated by Constance Garnett.
riverrun, £9.99, 28th May 2019, 9781787475946
Fifth short story collection from the BBC National Short Story Award and Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award-winner. All the stories orbit around a moment of personal crisis, when the weight of the past or the present becomes unbearable.
Comma Press, £12.99, 19th September 2019, 9781912697212
Harvill Secker, £16.99, 11th April 2019, 9781911215646
Hogarth, £10.99, 25th April 2019, 9781781090749
Sphere, £8.99, 14th February 2019, 9780751567076
First UK publication for the US writer of short stories, of whom Europa says: “No one writes better about time, tragedy and grief, and the indifferent but beautiful universe around us.”
Europa Editions (UK) Ltd, £12.99, 16th August 2019, 9781787701823
Set in contemporary East Belfast, these short stories are said to be charged with regret and sorrow, desire and yearning.
Picador, £12.99, 25th June 2019, 9781529017069
The title story in this debut collection won the Roberto Bolao Short Story Prize in the author’s native Chile, and all the stories capture the moment that characters “stumble from an age of innocence to the harsh reality of disillusionment”, says Oneworld.
Oneworld Publications, £12.99, 7th November 2019, 9781786075031
Sixth volume in the Freeman’s series paints a vivid portrait of America’s most populous state and includes writing from Tommy Orange, Elaine Castillo and, my favourite, Booker-shortlisted Rachel Kushner, among others.
Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press, £10.99, 10th October 2019, 9781611854732
Granta Books, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781847086679
Brand new translations, including three of the Russian master’s best loved stories: “The Nose”, “The Diary of a Madman” and “The Overcoat” (“The sensibility of that story is perfect… spontaneous and funny and also formally very experimental,” George Saunders).
Pushkin Press, £12.00, 5th December 2019, 9781782275152
A short story collection from the author of Fates and Furies.
Windmill Books, £8.99, 16th May 2019, 9781786090461
With elements of science fiction, folktale and myth, these extraordinary stories move from rain-soaked Cumbrian villages to far futher afield. She is the only writer ever to be shortlisted three times for the BBC National Short Story Award, and has also been twice nominated for the Man Booker. My favourite here is the opening “M” in which a lawyer transforms into an avenging angel, buoyed by cold rage.
Faber & Faber, £12.99, 7th November 2019, 9780571345045
A collection of the best British short stories of the past 20 years.
Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 27th June 2019, 9780141986210
Modelled on Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the third in the series features poets and novelists retelling the true stories of refugees. Contributors include Bernardine Evaristo, Patrick Gale and Monica Ali.
Comma Press, £9.99, 27th June 2019, 9781912697113
First collection of short stories from the writer and director son of the acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog follows hipsters who encounter Berlin’s dark past.
Melville House Publishing, £12.99, 8th October 2019, 9781612197517
First English translation of the Malaysian writer’s short stories, which explore the lives of women “buffeted by forces beyond their control”.
Granta Books, £10.99, 7th November 2019, 9781846276903
This exploration of the lives of four friends from Pawtucket was called “a compassionate and powerful exploration of how race, friendship and sex intersect and the real world consequences of stereotypes” by the Independent.
Sceptre, £8.99, 11th June 2019, 9781473677722
The stories are set in modern Britain—characters include a leader of a people-trafficking gang, a prostitute, a migrant worker and a cocky estate agent—but are drawn from Graeco-Roman myth, folklore and the Bible. HarperCollins is comparing it to Angela Carter, one of my absolute favourites.
Fourth Estate Ltd, £12.99, 13th June 2019, 9780008334857
Vintage, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781784708177
Literary recluse Inga Karlson died in a fire in 1930s New York, leaving behind three things: a phenomenally successful first novel, the scorched fragments of a second book, and a literary mystery. In 1980s Brisbane, a bookseller is compelled to solve the mystery. Jordan’s 2008 debut Addition was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.
The Text Publishing Company, £10.99, 29th October 2018, 9781925773132
New collection of 22 short stories from the Israeli writer whose memoir, Seven Good Years, was published by Granta in 2015. “Keret is a master: bracing, compassionate, so absolutely himself…Here is Israeli society in microcosm,” said the Observer.
Granta Books, £12.99, 12th September 2019, 9781783780495
A collection of three of the Irish author’s stories, published to mark the centenary of his birth. Sinead Gleeson and Colum McCann are fans.
Turnpike Books, £5.00, 8th August 2019, 9780993591372
First collection of short stories to be translated into English from the Man Booker International-shortlisted Indonesian writer.
Verso Books, £8.99, 1st October 2019, 9781786637154
Great cover for this collection of short stories from one of Granta’s best young American novelists.
Granta Books, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781783782215
Portobello Books Ltd, £10.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781846276675
Serpent’s Tail, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781781259535
Newly discovered unpublished stories set in Cairo’s Gamaliya quarter from the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer who died in 2006. Foreword by Elif Shafak.
Saqi Books, £10.99, 1st July 2019, 9780863563751
Debut collection of 13 short stories set in Rio’s largest favela, Rocinha, which follows a group of boys and young men and their experiences of masculinity, corruption, guilt, poverty and resilience. Martins grew up in Rocinha and supported his writing by working as a sandwich-board man and selling drinks on the beach.
Faber & Faber, £10.99, 20th June 2019, 9780571348244
Short story collection from the Ugandan-born author of Kintu and winner of both the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014 and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction in 2018. These stories are set in Manchester, where the author now lives, and Kampala, and form a “powerful work about the experience of immigration and about how we treat each other as human beings”. Timely stuff.
Oneworld Publications, £14.99, 23rd May 2019, 9781786075895
The first major translated collection by a Sudanese woman writer I’m told, this blends the real and imagined to create an “intimate portrait” of life in Sudan today.
Comma Press, £9.99, 9th May 2019, 9781910974391
From Nora Ephron to Ali Smith, via Chekhov and P G Wodehouse, 80 of the funniest short stories ever written, selected and introduced by comedian Paul Merton, who will promote.
Head of Zeus, £25.00, 14th November 2019, 9781788544269
Corsair, £12.99, 30th October 2018, 9781472154347
The prize-winning Japanese author’s English-language debut.
Corsair, £8.99, 4th July 2019, 9781472154354
Six short stories from the Mexican writer. “Nettel’s eye lightly deforms things and gives rise to a tension, subtle but persistent, that immerses us in an uncomfortable reality, disquieting, even disturbing,” says Valeria Luiselli, author of Lost Children Archive.
Seven Stories Press,U.S., £11.99, 8th October 2019, 9781609809584
The second collection of short stories from the Nigerian-British writer features offbeat characters caught in extraordinary situations. “Okojie has a sharp eye…and a turn of phrase that switches from the elegance to brutality in a single line,” says Stella Duffy.
Dialogue Books, £14.99, 7th November 2019, 9780349700922
Collection of 23 short stories from the Booker Prize-winning novelist are said to blur parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic.
Head of Zeus, £14.99, 3rd October 2019, 9781789544596
The first short story collection from the author of Netherland.
Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 13th June 2019, 9780008284039
Head of Zeus, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781788543705
Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 1st March 2019, 9781471147333
Palestinian writers were asked: what might your home city look like in the year 2048, exactly 100 years after Nakba, the displacement of 700,000 people after the Israeli war of independence? Follows Comma’s Iraq + 100 anthology, named as a book of the year by the Guardian.
Comma Press, £9.99, 16th May 2019, 9781910974445
Faber & Faber, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9780571339693
Anthology of 15 short stories from contributors including Max Porter, Kamila Shamsie, Daisy Johnson, David Szalay and Tash Aw published to accompany a new range of Balvenie whiskies.
Canongate Books Ltd, £12.99, 3rd October 2019, 9781786899019
Picador, £12.99, 21st February 2019, 9781509858989
A collection of stories from an author the Standard called “a [James] Thurber, even a Wodehouse, for today”.
Serpent’s Tail, £8.99, 4th July 2019, 9781781259177
Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 7th February 2019, 9781787331105
I don’t have a list of contributors, but this is the latest in the series which aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere.
Salt Publishing, £9.99, 15th July 2019, 9781784631857
Penguin Classics, £10.99, 4th April 2019, 9780241311905
New collection of short stories from the author of Swamplandia! A woman is infected by the spirit of a giant tree in Joshua Tree National Park and their fates become permantly entangled; a new mother strikes a diabolical deal-as long as the devil protects her baby, she’ll do anything.
Chatto & Windus, £14.99, 4th July 2019, 9781784743048
A collection of stories and essays about translation, by authors from Primo Levi to Lydia Davis.
Seven Stories Press,U.S., £13.99, 3rd December 2019, 9781609809744
Collection of feminist science fiction, described as “12 fantastical prose vignettes”. Author Shani is an artist and tutor at the Royal College of Art whose work revolves around experimental narrative texts.
Strange Attractor Press, £12.99, 12th November 2019, 9781907222818
The Borough Press, £8.99, 21st February 2019, 9780008265250
Black Swan, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781784164409
The first ever collection of short stories from the wonderful Zadie Smith is surely a must-read for her many fans. Ten stories are entirely new and published here for the first time, and the other seven have been selected from her contributions to the New Yorker. Settings range from New York to a dystopian Felixstowe. Includes my favourite, “Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets”, shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and “Kelso, Deconstructed” which explores the last day of an Antiguan immigrant who was murdered in north-west London in 1959.
Hamish Hamilton Ltd, £20.00, 3rd October 2019, 9780241337028
A new short story sequence from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of All That Man Is.
Vintage, £7.99, 1st August 2019, 9781529111972
Collection of short stories set in countries both real and imaginary, where characters find themselves on voyages beyond the boundaries of the familiar.
Seven Stories Press,U.S., £13.99, 12th November 2019, 9781609809645
A final short story collection from the late author, called “extraordinary” by the Times.
Viking, £8.99, 6th June 2019, 9780241337783
Some thrilling writers have contributed to this collection of Irish short stories, among them Sally Rooney, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Stuart Neville, Kevin Barry and Kit de Waal.
Faber & Faber, £12.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780571342501
An “intimate” collection of short stories about a generation of Chinese Millennials, their sex lives, and fantastic technologies, who are on a quest for every kind of freedom.
Atlantic Books, £12.99, 6th June 2019, 9781786497413
A new short story collection from the MacArthur fellow, looking at race in America.
Canongate Books Ltd, £9.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781786892089
Second collection of short stories from the author of The Family Fang. A man discovers a magic razor that enables him to travel back in time; a narcissistic rock star moves back home during a rough patch.
Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 29th January 2019, 9780008193409
A collection of short stories about people living on the fringes in America.
Seven Stories Press,U.S., £12.99, 18th June 2019, 9781609809157