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The Penguin Book Of Modern British Short Stories
  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141965154
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Penguin Book Of Modern British Short Stories



This anthology is in many was a 'best of the best', containing gems from thirty-four of Britain's outstanding contemporary writers. It is a book to dip into, to read from cover to cover, to lend to friends and read again. It includes stories of love and crime, stories touched with comedy and the supernatural, stories set in London, Los Angeles, Bucharest and Tokyo. Above all, as you will discover, it satisfies Samuel Butler's anarchic pleasure principle: 'I should like to like Schumann's music better than I do; I daresay I could make myself like it better if I tried; but I do not like having to try to make myself like things; I like things that make me like them at once and no trying at all .'

  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141965154
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the authors

Malcolm Bradbury

Malcolm Bradbury was born in Sheffield in 1932, and was educated at the University College of Leicester, Queen Mary College, London, Indiana University in the United States, and the University of Manchester. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, has lectured at Birmingham University, and has been Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia since 1970.

One of our sharpest and most penetrating contemporary social satirists, Malcolm Bradbury is the author of the best-selling books Stepping Westward, Who Do You Think You Are? (a collection of short stories), The History Man and The After Dinner Game (a collection of his television plays). Rates of Exchange, his first novel since the classic The History Man, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1983 and has firmly established him as one of Britain's major novelists.

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