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The Shepherd in the Net

by Salvatore Niffoi

The world begins and ends in Tocoloché—or so believed Antiocu Cassola, who’s never left the island of Sardinia, nor his sheep. But his friend Virgilio Ventosu, “The Mathematician,” has a mission: to...


Bleedout: A Novel

by Joan Brady

"Watch your back most

carefully when someone you

trust steps behind you."

Even after Hugh Freyl lost his sight he was invincible. But late one night, in the library of the elite law firm that bears his name,...


Perfect Recall: A Story by Ann Beattie

by Ann Beattie

Ann Beattie published her first short story in The New Yorker in 1972. Twenty-eight years later, she received the 2000 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is, as the Washington Post Book World...


Her Infinite Variety

by Pamela Rafael Berkman

With elegance, sympathy, and nuance, Her Infinite Variety celebrates the women in William Shakespeare's world. These lyrical stories move from Elizabethan London, where Shakespeare is drawn to the plight of...


Screwjack: A Short Story

by Hunter S. Thompson

An almost unnaturally poignant love story from the father of “Gonzo” journalism and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson.

What makes the romantic short story Screwjack so touching, for all its...


Lying in Bed

by Polly Samson

Do you cover up or reveal it all; seek revenge or just reassurance; let the truth be naked as the day or cloaked in a night-time story? The men and women of Polly Samson?s debut fiction all have stories to tell,...


Amos Hangs On

by Jim Newell

Like most house cats, Amos isn't owned by anybody, but he owns a human named Jeff. When Jeff's life is threatened, Amos has a reason for being a hero. If Jeff were to die, who would feed Amos, clean his litter...


Nightlight

by Trey Dowell

A new work of horror short fiction from the Derringer-nominated author of Ballistic andThe God of Speed. Nine-year-old Kayla suffers from horrible dreams, along with the nagging fear that monsters will come...


Hi Bonnybrig: And Other Greetings!

by Shug Hanlan

Shug Hanlan's prose and poetry have become a byword for contemporary comic writing set in and about Scotland. These stories and his hilarious novella, Hi Bonnybrigg, are set in an imaginary version of Shug's...


Once Upon a Time There Was a Traveller: Asham Award-Winning Stories

by Various

Virago Press and the Asham Award, the foremost prize for stories by women, present a collection of tales to send you to places you've never been before . . .

Here are tales of people who travel far and those...


Sunshine, with a Chance of Snow: A Twenty-Minute Treat From Carole Matthews

by Carole Matthews

Beth and Michael have worked hard all their married life to give their children everything they want. It hasn't been easy but it's been worth it. Now, as Beth enjoys quality time with her family on their beach...


Scottish Ghost Stories

by James Robertson

This is a collection of ghost stories based on a mixture of local history and folklore. The stories are from past and present. Some, such as The Hauntings of Glamis Castle and The Tale of Major Weir are well...


Women Who Wear The Breeches

by Shahrukh Husain

Delicious and dangerous, this collection of fairy tales is a glorious tribute to women with 'do what thou wilt' bravado - those who dare to wear the breeches. They shed their female garb (and modesty) and don...


Winter Warmers: An eBook Exclusive from Carole Matthews

by Carole Matthews

Three short stories from the wonderfully warm Carole Matthews.

All I Want for Christmas is You

Christmas is around the corner but Maria just can't get into the spirit - will she ever find Mr Right? But when...


Soft Thunder

by Adam Wilson

An excerpt from Adam Wilson's debut short story collection, What's Important Is Feeling, which humorously pinpoints our most desperate moments of longing—sexual and otherwise. "Soft Thunder" is a short story...


Flings

by Justin Taylor

In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures.

A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets...


Perfect Lives

by Polly Samson

In an English seaside town, lovers and children, young men and middle-aged women weave in and out of each other?s lives and stories. A mother is tormented by her daughter?s tattoo; another only pretends to love...


In the Convent of Little Flowers: Stories

by Indu Sundaresan

Now in paperback, internationally bestselling author Indu Sundaresan presents a poignant collection of contemporary short stories about the challenges and consequences faced by women in Indian life today.

Like...


The Writ of Years

by Brit Mandelo

Few things can be as terrible as to get your heart's desire.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


More Shapes Than One

by Fred Chappell

These thirteen tales are populated by an assortment of fictional as well as real characters, all of them vividly sketched and true-to-life: the botanist Linnaeus, the composer Offenbach, the poet Hart Crane,...