> Skip to content

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.

  • An urgently timely, deeply personal and powerfully moving series of essays on the experience of lockdown from one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time.

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

  • 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.

More Book Lists

Unreliable Narrators

Protagonists so flawed they could only be human.

A Guide to… Ottessa Moshfegh

Introducing the five titles to date from a rapidly rising literary star.

Reset Your Skillset

Life advice, hacks and strategies to lead your way through adversity and prosper.

A Look Ahead: Fiction

Some of the most anticipated novels to come in 2020.

Reading About Racism

A starting point for learning, discussion and change.

Nuclear Ambitions

Tensions run high as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.