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.
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.
When the going gets tough - the tough go shopping... The fabulous first Shopaholic novel by bestselling author Sophie Kinsella
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
Books for the independent masters of self-control born 22 December – 19 January.
Books for the open-minded, philosophical enthusiasts born 22 November – 21 December.
Books for the assertive, resourceful decision-makers born 23 October – 21 November.