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The Beautiful Indifference

Portico Prize for Fiction 2012

by Sarah Hall

Winner of the Portico Prize

Winner of the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize

Short-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

Sarah Hall has been hailed as "one of the most significant and...


Sudden Traveler

by Sarah Hall

“Sarah Hall is one of those rare writers whose short fiction has the same luminosity as her novels. But the short form allows her more room to probe and roam, to experiment with form, to sink her fingers into...


Liver

by Will Self

In this collection of four linked stories, newly reissued by Grove, Will Self takes aim at the disease and decay that target the largest of human organs: the liver. Set in locales as toxic as a London drinking...


Melting Point

by Baret Magarian

Melting Point fuses prose and poetry, realism and literary inventiveness, in dealing with the absurdity of humanity. It’s fourteen stylistically diverse stories, flirt with irony, paradox and enigma.

The most...


The South Westerlies

by Jane Fraser

The South Westerlies is an attempt to know place (Gower) through the creation of a collection of short stories. Place is not a cosmetic backdrop, but an affecting agent in the lives of a wide cast of fictional...


Darker With the Lights On

by David Hayden

•For readers of Joanna Walsh, Eimear McBride, Max Porter, and Ben Lerner, these fictions are gorgeously written and the mark of a huge new talent. Hayden subverts the form into his own genre of storytelling....


The Pre-War House and Other Stories

by Alison Moore

From the Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse comes this uncanny collection of short fiction about the unhomeliness of home: fractured families, domestic claustrophobia, and the unseen menace of the...


The People on Privilege Hill

by Jane Gardam

A new collection of stories from a writer at the height of her powers—a celebrated stylist admired for her caustic humor, freewheeling imagination, love of humanity and wicked powers of observation. This is...


The Reservoir Tapes

by Jon McGregor

  • Following the success of his novel Reservoir 13 (an ABA Indie Next List Pick, Amazon Best Book of the Year, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and the recipient of rave reviews by critics like James Wood in...

  • The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments

    by Ann Quin & Jennifer Hodgson

    This new collection of rare and unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author Ann Quin explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge. The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth-century...


    That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories

    by James Kelman

    A trucker passes through a town he used to know and a local tries to sell him his sister; a couple put their children to bed and hear a loud scratching at the wall; a Principal and his associate examine the...


    Property

    by Lionel Shriver

    A striking new collection of ten short stories and two novellas that explores the idea of property in every meaning of the word, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award...


    The Vanishing Princess

    by Jenny Diski

    The only story collection from the beloved Jenny Diski—darkly funny, subversive, sexy, and eccentric tales from one of the most original and intelligent voices of our time

     

    “Mordant and talon-sharp.” —Dwight...


    Madame Zero

    by Sarah Hall

    From one of the most accomplished British writers working today, the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Wolf Border, comes a unique and arresting collection of short fiction that is both disturbing and...


    Bad Dreams and Other Stories

    by Tessa Hadley

    Winner of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize

    A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

    An NPR Best Book of the Year

    The award-winning author of The Past once again "crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in...


    Don't Try This at Home

    by Angela Readman

    A girl repeatedly chops her boyfriend in half but, while her "??other half"?? multiplies, she is still not satisfied. Love transforms a mother working down the chippie "?? into Elvis. Clary"??s father puts antlers...


    The Grandmothers

    by Doris Lessing

    In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys, a young...