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Short story collections to spellbind, astonish and delight.

In the words of author Neil Gaiman: ‘A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.’ But as with most magic tricks, there’s a lot happening behind the smokescreen to ensure a satisfying experience. A life-changing minute, a fleeting feeling, a conversation in passing, a single mood – here are some collected short stories that will leave lasting impressions.

  • Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying short story . A taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday.

  • From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD: a dazzling, smart and razor-sharp first collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, Sunday Times bestselling author of Eligible and American Wife.

  • New York Times bestseller Lauren Groff returns with a new book as bold and consuming as her novel Fates and Furies.

  • An original BBC Radio 4 commission, Turbulence is the new short story sequence from the Man Booker prize-shortlisted author of All That Man Is.

  • The long-awaited new collection of short stories from Australia’s master of the short-story genre.

  • An electrifying, prizewinning short story collection from the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen

  • In 1979, Nam Le's family left Vietnam for Australia, an experience that inspires the first and last stories in The Boat. In between, however, Le's imagination lays claim to the world.

  • The Bodysurfers vividly evokes the beach, with the scent of the suntan oil, the sting of the sun and a lazy sensuality, all the while hinting at a deep undercurrent of suburban malaise.

  • Hot Little Hands contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence, and the marks desire can leave. Anya, in her fake-leather sneakers and second-hand clothes, just wants to fit in at her Melbourne school.

  • Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, THE SHORE is a breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut by a young writer of astonishing gifts. THE SHORE recalls David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad and Ulverton by Adam Thorpe.

  • 'An astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny' Thomas Pynchon The first ferocious, funny and unique collection of stories from George Saunders, winner of the inaugural Folio Prize

  • The dazzling new book from one of Britain's best-selling novelists.

  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Six Bedrooms is about growing up; about discovering sex; and about coming of age. Full of glorious angst, embarrassment and small achievements.

  • A dazzling new collection of short stories from the international phenomenon, Haruki Murakami

  • The first ever collection of stories from the bestselling and beloved author of Swing Time and White Teeth.

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