Archive (UK Short Stories 2019)


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Short Stories 2019

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Friday Black

Friday Black

by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

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

The Book of Tehran (Reading the City)

The Book of Tehran

by Fereshteh Ahmadi
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

Salt Slow

Salt Slow

by Julia Armfield 

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

How to Love a Jamaican

How to Love a Jamaican: Stories

by Alexia Arthurs

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

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019

by Nikki Bedi

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

It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's

It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s

by Lisa Blower
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

To the Volcano, and other stories

To the Volcano, and other stories

by Elleke Boehmer

“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

Big Giant Floating Head

Big Giant Floating Head

by Christopher Boucher

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

A Nail, A Rose (Pushkin Collection)

A Nail, A Rose

by Madeleine Bourdouxhe

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

A Lucky Man

A Lucky Man

by Jamel Brinkley

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

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories (riverrun editions): a unique selection of Chekhov's novellas

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories 

by Anton Chekhov

A preface by Janet Malcom for this selection of Chekhov’s short fiction, translated by Constance Garnett.

riverrun, £9.99, 28th May 2019, 9781787475946

The Dressing-up Box

by David Constantine

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

Labels and Other Stories

Labels and Other Stories

by Louis de Bernieres
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



by Selahattin Demirtas
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

Listening In: Stories

Listening In: Stories

by Jenny Eclair
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

Your Duck is My Duck

Your Duck is My Duck

by Deborah Eisenberg

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

Sweet Home

Sweet Home

by Wendy Erskine

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

Humiliation (Fiction in Translation)


by Paulina Flores

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

Freeman's California

Freeman’s California

by John Freeman

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



by Janice Galloway
Sixteen short stories from the Scottish author which explore sex, sexuality, motherhood, death and ambition.

Granta Books, £9.99, 7th February 2019, 9781847086679

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon: Essential Stories (Pushkin Collection)

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon: Essential Stories

by Nikolai Gogol

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



by Lauren Groff

A short story collection from the author of Fates and Furies.

Windmill Books, £8.99, 16th May 2019, 9781786090461

Sudden Traveller

Sudden Traveller

by Sarah Hall (Author)

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

The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story

The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story

by Philip Hensher

A collection of the best British short stories of the past 20 years.

Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 27th June 2019, 9780141986210

Refugee Tales: Volume III

Refugee Tales: Volume III

by David Herd

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

Ghosts of Berlin

Ghosts Of Berlin

by Rudolph Herzog

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

Lake Like a Mirror

Lake Like a Mirror

by Sok Fong Ho

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

How Are You Going To Save Yourself

How Are You Going To Save Yourself

by J M Holmes

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



by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

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


The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

by Denis Johnson
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

Fragments, The

The Fragments

by Toni Jordan

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

Fly Already

Fly Already

by Etgar Keret

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

Down Then By Derry: Three Stories

Down Then By Derry: Three Stories

by Benedict Kiely

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

Kitchen Curse: Stories

Kitchen Curse: Stories

by Eka Kurniawan

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

Certain American States

Certain American States

by Catherine Lacey

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

Jokes for the Gunmen

Jokes for the Gunmen

by Mazen Maarouf
Latest collection of short stories from the Palestinian-Icelandic writer and poet is one for fans of Gary Shteyngart and Dave Eggers, says Granta.

Portobello Books Ltd, £10.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781846276675

Her Body And Other Parties

Her Body And Other Parties

by Carmen Maria Machado
A genre-bending collection of short stories which was shortlisted for last year’s National Book Awards….

Serpent’s Tail, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781781259535

The Quarter

The Quarter

by Naguib Mahfouz

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

The Sun on My Head

The Sun on My Head

by Geovani Martins

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

Manchester Happened

Manchester Happened

by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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


Thirteen Months of Sunrise

Thirteen Months of Sunrise

by Rania Mamoun

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


Funny Ha, Ha: 80 of the Funniest Stories Ever Written

by Paul Merton

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

Picnic in the Storm

Picnic in the Storm

by Yukiko Motoya
Eleven surreal tales from a multi award-winning Japanese writer, published in English for the first time. A clothes shop assistant waits endlessly on a customer who won’t come out of the changing room-and who may or may not be human. And a newly-wed notices that her husband’s features are beginning to slide around his face to match her own….

Corsair, £12.99, 30th October 2018, 9781472154347

Picnic in the Storm

Picnic in the Storm

by Yukiko Motoya

The prize-winning Japanese author’s English-language debut.

Corsair, £8.99, 4th July 2019, 9781472154354


Bezoar: And Other Unsettling Stories

by Guadalupe Nettel

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



by Irenosen Okojie

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

A Prayer for the Living

Prayer for the Living

by Ben Okri

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

Good Trouble

Good Trouble

by Joseph O’Neill

The first short story collection from the author of Netherland.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 13th June 2019, 9780008284039

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense

by Joyce Carol Oates
A collection of suspense stories from the award-winning author.

Head of Zeus, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781788543705

A Short Affair

by Simon Oldfield
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

Palestine +100: Stories from a century after the Nakba

Palestine +100: Stories from a century after the catastrophe

by Ra Page

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



by Chris Power
Striking cover for this first collection of short stories from the author of the Guardian’s “brief survey of the short story”, which the Sunday Times called “outstanding”….

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9780571339693

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

by Alex Preston

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

I Want To Show You More

I Want To Show You More

by Jamie Quatro
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

Hits and Misses

Hits and Misses

by Simon Rich

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

You Know You Want This

You Know You Want This

by Kristen Roupenian
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

Best British Short Stories 2019

Best British Short Stories 2019

by Nicholas Royle

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

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

by Jay Rubin
An anthology of great Japanese short stories, many not previously translated into English.

Penguin Classics, £10.99, 4th April 2019, 9780241311905

Orange World

Orange World

by Karen Russell

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

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders: Stories and Essays About Translation

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

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

Our Fatal Magic (Strange Attractor Press)

Our Fatal Magic

by Tai Shani 

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

Property: A Collection

Property: A Collection

by Lionel Shriver
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

You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories

by Curtis Sittenfeld
A first story collection from the author of American Wife.

Black Swan, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781784164409

Grand Union

Grand Union

by Zadie Smith

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



by David Szalay

A new short story sequence from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of All That Man Is.

Vintage, £7.99, 1st August 2019, 9781529111972

Involuntary Sojourner, The

The Involuntary Sojourner

by S.P Tenhoff

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

Last Stories

Last Stories

by William Trevor

A final short story collection from the late author, called “extraordinary” by the Times.

Viking, £8.99, 6th June 2019, 9780241337783

Being Various: New Irish Short Stories

Being Various: New Irish Short Stories

by Various

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

Home Remedies

Home Remedies

by Xuan Juliana Wang

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

American Histories

American Histories

by John Edgar Wideman

A new short story collection from the MacArthur fellow, looking at race in America.

Canongate Books Ltd, £9.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781786892089

Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine: Short Stories

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.

The Sing of the Shore

The Sing of the Shore

by Lucy Wood
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

Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country

Things To Do When You’re Goth In The Country

by Chavisa Woods

A collection of short stories about people living on the fringes in America.

Seven Stories Press,U.S., £12.99, 18th June 2019, 9781609809157