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  • Published: 5 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141979281
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story

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There have been many anthologies of English-language short stories - but until now, no major, sweeping overview of short stories from writers throughout Great Britain, across multiple genres, of vastly varying lengths and styles and for all readers. Included are not only the most famous creators of short stories, but also many very extraordinary but now unknown writers.



They are all here, often with an unusual choice of story: Conan Doyle, Dickens, Gaskell, Swift, Conrad, Kipling - the list is almost endless!



This is the ultimate collection, in two beautiful hardback volumes, for different readers of different tastes and at different points in their reading careers.



Edited and with an introduction by Philip Hensher, the award-winning novelist, critic and journalist.
%%%Hilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above all unexpected: these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story.
This is the first anthology capacious enough to celebrate the full diversity and energy of its writers, subjects and tones. The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnificent stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals. The Penguin Book of the British Short Story has a permanent authority, and will be reached for year in and year out.
This volume takes the story from its origins with Defoe, Swift and Fielding to the 'golden age' of the fin de siècle and Edwardian period.
Edited and with an introduction by Philip Hensher, the award-winning novelist, critic and journalist.
%%%TELEGRAPH, INDEPENDENT, FINANCIAL TIMES AND OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015
Hilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above all unexpected: these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story.
This is the first anthology capacious enough to celebrate the full diversity and energy of its writers, subjects and tones. The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnificent stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals. The Penguin Book of the British Short Story has a permanent authority, and will be reached for year in and year out.
This volume takes the story from its origins with Defoe, Swift and Fielding to the 'golden age' of the fin de siècle and Edwardian period.
Edited and with an introduction by Philip Hensher, the award-winning novelist, critic and journalist.

  • Pub date: 5 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141979281
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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Praise for The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story

“Anyone reading this collection jsut for pleasure should start at the end of the second volume and work backwards...it would quickly bring you to four outstanding stories by women...each of these, though quickly over, leaves a lasting mark in the mind”


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