Alison MacLeod

Alison MacLeod is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded. Her first collection of short stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction, was published in 2007.Her most recent book, the story collection All the beloved ghost (Bloomsbury UK/USA and Penguin CA) was a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Books of 2017’. Her most recent novel, Unexploded  (Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin Canada), was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, named as one of the Observer's ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC Radio 4 (Sweet Talk Productions). It is also optioned for film to Loupe Films. 

Anthologies featuring Alison MacLeod

The BBC National Short Story Award 2011

The 2011 edition of the celebrated BBC National Short Story Award, featuring the authors D.W. Wilson, Jon McGregor, M.J. Hyland and more.

The New Uncanny

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century, to update Freud’s famous checklist of what gives us the creeps, and to give the hulking canon of uncanny fiction a shot in the arm, a shock to the neck-bolts...


Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Collections edited by Alison MacLeod

The Daughters of the Late Colonel and other stories

Ten of the best Mansfield stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Alison MacLeod who also provides a critical essay.