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Short Story Collections

You Should Come With Me Now

M. John Harrison
M. John Harrison is a cartographer of the liminal; his work sits at the boundaries between genres – horror and science fiction, fantasy and travel writing – just as his stories traverse the no man’s land between the spatial and the spiritual.

Triple Word Score

Frank Cottrell Boyce
The debut collection of short stories, and the first piece of adult fiction from the award-winning children’s writer and seminal film-writer.

Quartier Perdu

Sean O'Brien
Second collection of short stories by the multi-award-winning poet, playwright and journalist Sean O’Brien.

Letters Home

Martyn Bedford
The first collection of short stories from award-winning thriller writer and YA author.

From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks on the Effects of Lightning on the Human Body

John Latham
Having trained as a physicist – specialising in the science of cloud formation – and then later emerged as one of the more curious voices in British poetry, John Latham is not a writer you’re ever likely to forget.

The Ghost Who Bled

Gregory Norminton
Achingly sad and boundlessly inventive, Norminton’s short story collection is as witty and lyrical as it is moving.

Swallow Summer

Larissa Boehning
The latest collection from German author Larissa Boehning

Scent: The Collected Works

Dinesh Allirajah
The collected works of the much loved NW writer, Dinesh Allirajah

The Life-Writer

David Constantine
A new novel, written by critically acclaimed short story writer, David Constantine.

Points of Origin

Diao Dou
Short stories from one of China's leading satirists

In Another Country: Selected Stories

David Constantine
Featuring the story that inspired the motion picture, 45 Years.

The Well of Trapped Words

Sema Kaygusuz
Blending mysticism and modernity, Kaygusuz’s stories demonstrate why she is regarded as one of the most promising writers in Turkey today

Jebel Marra

Michelle Green
Interlinked collection of short stories set in and around a humanitarian aid centre in Darfur in 2004-2005.

Moss Witch

Sara Maitland
Each story in Sara Maitland’s new collection enacts a daring kind of alchemy, fusing together raw elements of scientific theory with ancient myth.

The Iraqi Christ

Hassan Blasim
From legends of the desert to horrors of the forest, Blasim’s stories blend the fantastic with the everyday, the surreal with the all-too-real.

Hitting Trees With Sticks

Jane Rogers
A young textile designer quits Britain to work for a Nigerian women’s refuge, confident that this is her one chance to make a difference…

You Have 24 Hours to Love Us

Guy Ware
Whether living under a totalitarian regime or simply getting through the day in a grindingly predictable metropolis, Ware’s characters struggle with the urge to redefine themselves, to start again, to reboot.

Cold Sea Stories

Pawel Huelle
The characters in Pawel Huelle’s mesmerising stories find themselves, willingly or not, at the heart of epic narratives; legends and histories that stretch far beyond the limits of their own lives.

Tea at the Midland

David Constantine
The characters in David Constantine’s fourth collection are often delicately caught in moments of defiance. Constantine’s bewitching, finely-wrought stories give us permission to escape.

The Stone Thrower

Adam Marek
Pulsing at the core of Adam Marek’s much-anticipated second collection is a single, unifying theme: a parent’s instinct to protect a particularly vulnerable child.

It Was Just, Yesterday

Mirja Unge
The characters in Mirja Unge’s debut collection are all, in their own way, evading something; whether failing to confront the true nature of an encounter, or avoiding responsibilities as a parent, sibling or friend.

Planet Box

Diana Syder
Planet Box is a collaboration that re-configures our idea of the poetry book.

Lifting The Piano With One Hand

Gaia Holmes
Yorkshire-born poet Gaia Holmes' much-anticipated second collection.

Twice in a Lifetime

Ágúst Borgþór Sverrisson
Each of Sverrisson’s stories offers an intricate study in the precariousness of life, the frailty of every fleeting opportunity.

The Last Tram

Nedim Gursel
In these stories Gürsel crisscrosses modern Europe, settling in some cities — like Paris — for many years, visiting others several times, decades apart.

On Flying Objects

Emil Hakl
Whether evading the expectations of adult life, or finding themselves drawn to characters they’re simultaneously repulsed by, each one of Hakl's characters holds a mirror up to the peculiar failings of masculinity.

The War Tour

Zoe Lambert
Zoe Lambert’s stories weave a dark and disturbing web, interlacing documentary accounts with imagined testimonies to give voice to the many silenced casualties of war.

The Madman of Freedom Square

Hassan Blasim
Blasim’s stories present an uncompromising view of the West's relationship with Iraq, spanning over twenty years and taking in everything from the Iran-Iraq War through to the Occupation...

The Shieling

David Constantine
The characters in David Constantine’s remarkable new collection are united by an urge to absent themselves, to abscond from the intolerable pressures of normal life and withdraw into strange ideas, political causes, even private languages.

The Silence Room

Sean O'Brien
Chain-smoking alcoholics, warring academics, gothic stalkers and aspiring writers are just some of the visitors that browse the mysterious library at the heart of Sean O’Brien’s fiction debut.

Amuse-Bouche

Arnon Grunberg
Bizarre, garrulous, self-confident, often desperately lonely; such is the variety of characters Grunberg meets...

Stone Tree

Gyrðir Elíasson
In almost every one of Eliasson's stories we find people taking leave of their normal lives in order to take their dreams more seriously.

I Love You When I'm Drunk

Empar Moliner
So delicate and fleet-footed are these stories, even the most single-minded protagonists win us over with a raucous charm that makes us love them and hate them in equal measure.

Long Days

Maike Wetzel
With pared down but insistent language, Wetzel achieves a poise and clarity and presents lives that are as arresting as they are arrested.

Instruction Manual for Swallowing

Adam Marek
Welcome to the surreal, misshapen universe of Adam Marek’s first collection; a bestiary of hybrids from the techno-crazed future and mythical past.

Tiny Deaths

Robert Shearman
Robert Shearman’s debut collection offers a gravity-defying spectacle: a procession of perfectly weighted what-ifs floating just above the real world, self-contained hypotheticals all buoyed up by a single, infinitely variable theme: mortality.

Dangerous Driving

Chris Woods
The poems in Chris Woods' second collection remind us to take time out from our lives, from ourselves, and share with us both the pleasures and surprises that come with even the smallest skive…

Bad Leg

Ed Barton
Edward Barton's debut collection is more of a ‘collected works’ bringing together a life of writing – drawing on much from his previous incarnation as a songwriter, as well as introducing a previously unseen poetic sensibility.

Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed

Gaia Holmes
Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed marks the arrival of yet another great Yorkshire poet.

Pray For Us Sinners

Joolz Denby
The whirlwind of words that is Denby’s fifth collection builds legends within legends, retells myths and casts new ones where you least expect them.

Under the Dam

David Constantine
Entering Constantine’s stories is like stepping out into a wind of words, a swarm of language. His prose is as fluid as the water that surges and swells through all his landscapes.

Mollusc

Helen Clare
Helen Clare's relationship poems are coloured with the intricacy of a cross-section, the emotional strata of a dissector’s imagination.

While There is Light

Tariq Mehmood
While There Is Light is a fictionalised account of the events leading up to the arrest of one of the so called 'Bradford 12'.

Anthologies

The Book of Tblisi

Ina Archuashvili, Gela Chkvanava, Dato Kardava, Lado Kilasonia, Zviad Kvaratskhelia
The latest in our Reading the City series, The Book of Tbilisi will bring together ten short stories written about and from the Georgian capital, showcasing the work of some of the country’s most loved writers.

The BBC National Short Award 2017


The twelfth year of the incredibly successful anthology of the BBC prize shortlist.

Conradology

Agnieszka Dale, Jacek Dukaj, Giles Foden, Pawel Huelle, Jan Krasnowolski
Polish and British writers journey into the heart of darkness that is Europe to write responses and meditations on Conrad’s writing.

Refugee Tales Part II

Caroline Bergvall, Vahni Capildeo, Josh Cohen, Ian Duhig, Rachel Holmes
The sequel to Refugee Tales, telling the true stories of asylum seekers who’ve suffered at the hands of Britain’s policy of ‘indefinite detention’, in the form of a modern-day Canterbury Tales.

Protest!

Sandra Alland, Martyn Bedford, Kate Clanchy, David Constantine, Frank Cottrell Boyce
This book asks 20 authors and 20 historians to bring crucial moments of British protest to life.

Banthology

Anoud ., Wajdi al-Ahdal, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Rania Mamoun, Zaher Omareen
New stories specially written in response to President Trump’s divisive immigration ban, featuring established and emerging writers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals

Sandra Alland, Annie Clarkson, Marie Louise Cookson, Claire Dean, Zoe Gilbert
An anthology of specially-commissioned stories exploring thought experiments and their use in science to crack fundamental problems.

Iraq + 100

Anoud ., Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Zhraa Alhaboby, Ali Bader
Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 – a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival?

The BBC National Short Story Award 2016

Tahmina Anam, Claire-Louise Bennett, Lavinia Greenlaw, Hilary Mantel, K.J. Orr
Now in its eleventh year, this highly anticipated collection celebrates the very best in contemporary British fiction with an all-female shortlist of renowned authors, who explore the short story form in spectacular fashion.

Refugee Tales

Patience Agbabi, Jade Amoli-Jackson, Chris Cleave, Stephen Collis, Inua Ellams
Fourteen stories exploring real life refugee experiences, told in the style of the Canterbury Tales

Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

Martyn Bedford, Lisa Blower, Annie Clarkson, Claire Dean, Zoe Gilbert
Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep

The BBC National Short Story Award 2015

Jonathan Buckley, Mark Haddon, Frances Leviston, Hilary Mantel, Jeremy Page
The BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust celebrates its tenth year with a stellar line-up of authors.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Tessa Hadley, Francesca Rhydderch, Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Rose Tremain
The five shortlisted stories in the UK's most prestiguous award for short fiction - now in its ninth year.

The Book of Gaza

Atef Abu Saif, Mona Abu Sharekh, Talal Abu Shawish, Zaki al 'Ela, Asmaa al Ghul
This anthology brings together some of the pioneers of the Gazan short story from that era, as well as younger exponents of the form, with ten stories that offer glimpses of life in the Strip that go beyond the global media headlines.

The Book of Rio

Cesar Cardaso, João Gilberto Noll, Nei Lopes, Patrícia Melo, Marcelo Moutinho
The ten stories in this anthology bring to life the complex and ever-changing face of Rio de Janeiro behind the tourist-tailored images of the city.

Morphologies

Brian Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, Ramsey Campbell, David Constantine, Frank Cottrell Boyce
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.

The Daughters of the Late Colonel and other stories

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

Gusev and other stories

Anton Chekhov
Ten of the best Chekhov stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Frank Cottrell Boyce who also provides a critical essay.

The Man of the Crowd

Edgar Allan Poe
In this new edition, Sean O'Brien introduces a selection of stories from the master of the American Gothic short story, as well as providing a specially written critical analysis on the form and style of Poe's writing.

Young Goodman Brown and Other Stories

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sara Maitland selects and introduces a collection Hawthorne's best stories.

Lot No. 249

Arthur Conan Doyle
Respected crime writer, critic and editor Martin Edwards introduces a selection of Conan Doyle's most influential and innovative stories.

They and other stories

Rudyard Kipling
Ten of the best Kipling stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Adam Roberts, who also provides an introductory essay.

The Rats in the Walls and other stories

H.P. Lovecraft
Ten of the best Lovecraft stories, specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Ramsey Campbell, who also provides a introductory essay.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Lisa Blower, Sarah Hall, Lionel Shriver, Lucy Wood
The stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 all use brevity with striking results.

Bio-Punk

Jane Feaver, Simon Ings, Annie Kirby, Toby Litt, Sara Maitland
14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century.

The BBC International Short Story Award 2012

Lucy Caldwell, Julian Gough, M.J. Hyland, Krys Lee, Deborah Levy
In honour of the 2012 Olympics, this edition opened its doors to international short story submissions from all over the world, thus becoming the first BBC International Short Story Award.

Shi Cheng: Short Stories from Urban China

Jie Chen, Han Dong, Diao Dou, Cau Kou, Ding Liying
The challenges depicted in these stories are uniquely Chinese, but the energy and ingenuity with which their authors approach them is something readers everywhere can marvel at.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2011

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

Lemistry

Brian Aldiss, Annie Clarkson, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Jacek Dukaj, Trevor Hoyle
British and Polish novelists join screenwriters, poets, computer engineers, and artists, to celebrate and explore Lem’s legacy through short stories and essays.

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

Kate Clanchy, Annie Clarkson, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Stella Duffy, Maggie Gee
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.

The BBC National Short Story Award 2010

David Constantine, Aminatta Forna, Sarah Hall, Jon McGregor, Helen Oyeyemi
This year's shortlist brings together a high calibre group of new and established authors exploring human relationships at their most dysfunctional and yet sustaining.

The Book of Istanbul

Turker Armaner, Murrat Gülsoy, Nedim Gursel, Muge Iplikci, Karin Karakasli
This book brings together ten short stories from some of Turkey’s leading writers, taking us on a literary tour of the city, from its famous landmarks to its darkened back streets.

When It Changed

Michael Arditti, Chaz Brenchley, Paul Cornell, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Patricia Duncker
When It Changed is an attempt to put authors and scientists back in touch with each other, to re-introduce research ideas with literary concerns, and to re-forge the alloy that once made SF great.

Parenthesis: a New Generation in Short Fiction

Anna Ball, Suzanne Batty, Paul Brownsey, John Carnahan, Tracy Emerson
Comma's second anthology of new writers showcases 20 of the most imaginative and daring voices taking up the form; writers dedicated to charting the far reaches of this terrain right at the outset of their careers; writers who prove it's best to stay short.

ReBerth: Stories from Cities on the Edge

Dinesh Allirajah, Artur Becker, Christian Garcin, Jean-Claude Izzo, Adam Kaminski
Featuring short stories by twelve acclaimed writers from the Cities on the Edge, ReBerth explores these landscapes of change - the social tensions, the scars of war and economic decline, the attempts at regeneration, and the startling and sometimes unsavoury secrets of how these cities’ inhabitants thrive and survive.

The New Uncanny

A.S. Byatt, Ramsey Campbell, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Ian Duhig, Matthew Holness
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...

Brace

Charlotte Allan, Juliet Bates, Annie Clarkson, Adam Connors, Paul de Havilland
Organ-playing wunderkinds, poets on government re-employment schemes, unlikely celebrity party guests…

The Book of Liverpool

Dinesh Allirajah, Lucy Ashley, Tracy Aston, Beryl Bainbridge, Clive Barker
Bringing together fiction from some of the city’s most celebrated writers, The Book of Liverpool traces the unique contours that decades of social and economic change can impress on a city.

M.O.: Crimes of Practice

Robert Barnard, Martyn Bedford, Ann Cleeves, Bernie Crosthwaite, Carole Ann Davis
These stories demonstrate that, even with the most despicable of crimes, there’s methodology in the madness.

Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

Gamal al-Ghitani, Yousef al-Mohaimeed, Fadwa al-Qasem, Brian Aldiss, Hassan Blasim
For all we think we know of the conflict and exoticism of the region, nothing opens more doors to what we don’t than its writing. Here, ten short stories by new and established writers have been selected and translated in English for the first time, to open just such a door…

Elsewhere: Stories from Small Town Europe

Gyrðir Elíasson, Frode Grytten, Michael O'Conghaile, Danielle Picard, Mehmet Zaman Saçlioglu
Pressed to describe what the phrase ‘small town’ conjures up, we’d be hard pushed to say anything positive: closed-minded; petty; provincial; parochial. On a broad European canvas, however, the rich traditions of short story writing challenge these preconceptions.

Phobic: Modern Horror Stories

Chaz Brenchley, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Cornell, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Jeremy Dyson
Phobic shines a torch into the unlit areas of the modern subconscious and suggests the more we know, the more we realise how worried we really should be.

The Book of Leeds

M.Y. Alam, Martyn Bedford, Ian Duhig, Jeremy Dyson, Susan Everett
Bringing together fiction from some of the city's most celebrated writers, The Book of Leeds traces the unique contours that fifty years of social and economic change can impress on a city.

Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities

Larissa Boehning, David Constantine, Arnon Grunberg, Emil Hakl, Amanda Michalopoulou
Decapolis is a book which imagines the city otherwise. Bringing together ten writers from across Europe, it offers snapshots of their native cities, freezing for a moment the characters and complexities that define them.

Ellipsis 2: Comma Modern Shorts

Polly Clark, Zoe Lambert, Jane Rogers
The stories in Ellipsis 2 demonstrate the transforming, often alienating affect a relationship can have on the individuals in it, and remind us that being next of kin isn’t always kind.

I.D.: Crimes of Identity

Carla Banks, Robert Barnard, Tonino Benacquista, Natasha Cooper, Mat Coward
The latest showcase of shorts from the CWA celebrates the ‘who’ in the whodunnit, the psyche behind the psychological profile.

Ellipsis 1: Comma Modern Shorts

Tim Cooke, Sean O'Brien, Jean Sprackland
Ellipsis is a new set of books celebrating the 'short story sequence' - that interlocking daisy-chain of narrative produced when stories knit together to form a continuum of character or theme.

Bracket: A New Generation in Fiction

Penny Anderson, Patrick Belshaw, Sheena Brabazon, Jaime Campbell, Tim Cooke
The latest in Comma’s acclaimed series of short story anthologies, Bracket brings together 20 of the country’s most promising, previously unpublished writers.

Manchester Stories 2

David Bowker, Heather Leach, Jane Rogers, Adrian Slatcher, Cath Staincliffe
A collection of stories documenting the modern Mancunian experience. The second in the series.

Manchester Stories 7: Gothic Tales

Lucy Ashley, David Bowker, Tim Cooke, Pete Humphries, Andy Murray
The theme for this special edition is ‘gothic’ and modern, urban responses to what gothic means, or can mean, in modern Britain.

Leeds Stories 2

Simon Armitage, Joolz Denby, Janet Fisher, Sophie Hannah, Char March
Part 2 of a series of mini short story anthologies celebrating Leeds writing.

Newcastle Stories

Julia Darling, Linda France, Sean O'Brien, Pauline Plummer, Fiona Ritchie Walker
Published in September 04, issue 1 Newcastle Stories 1, six established and award-winning Newcastle authors kick-started a unique new magazine series that featured anthologies of new work twice a year and free to readers of The Crack.

Liverpool Stories 1

Charlotte Allan, Dinesh Allirajah, Ramsey Campbell, Martin Edwards, Margaret Murphy
This, the first in a series of short story mini-anthologies, celebrates Liverpool’s on-going literary output through accessible, magazine-style collections – distributed to as many readers as possible.

Hyphen: an anthology of short stories by poets

Steven Blyth, Helen Clare, Polly Clark, David Constantine, Matthew Francis
Established and award winning poets from around Britian and the UK have been asked to 'interlope' into the unknown territory of the short - most of them for the first time and each bringing with them a new, poetic perspective as well as an intuitive feel for the snapshot's hidden narratives.

Manchester Stories 6: Europride Special

Stella Duffy, Patrick Gale, Larry Kramer, Val McDermid
This was the first in the Manchester series to look beyond Greater Manchester for its authors, bringing together an international cast of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers from Britain and abroad, as well as home grown talent, to celebrate Manchester hosting Europride, the largest celebration of Gay and Lesbian culture in Europe.

Manchester Stories 5: Caesura

Linda Chase, Julia Copus, Shamshad Khan, Joanne Limburg, Grevel Lindop
Both featured in City Life and sold separately, this issue was the first of the booklets to be distributed FREE to public transport users in the Greater Manchester area.

Leeds Stories 1

Martyn Bedford, Tony Harrison, James Nash, Tom Palmer, David Peace
This is the first in a series of specially commissioned, original short stories celebrating the strength and richness of the city's literary alumni.

Manchester Stories 4

Clive Anderson, Amanda Dalton, Paul Morley, Tim Parks, Adam Roberts
Launched June 21, 2002, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU, Manchester as part of a series of 'Manchester Writing' events within the Literatures of the Commonwealth Festival.

Manchester Stories 3

David Constantine, Gwendoline Riley, Carl Tighe, Emma Unsworth, Gerard Woodward
Launched March 11, 2002, on the 25th Floor of the CIS Building, Manchester, in conjunction with Co-Op Insurance Services.

Manchester Stories 3

David Constantine, Gwendoline Riley, Carl Tighe, Emma Unsworth, Gerard Woodward
Launched March 11, 2002, on the 25th Floor of the CIS Building, Manchester, in conjunction with Co-Op Insurance Services.

Comma

Michael Bracewell, Wayne Clews, David Constantine, Amanda Dalton, Shelagh Delaney
Real or surreal, despairing or defiant, these stories prove that far from being a genre of offcuts and unfinished ideas, the short story, if only we give it a moment, is very much alive and well.

Manchester Stories 1

Sherry Ashworth, Nicholas Blincoe, Tibor Fischer, Livi Michael, Jeff Noon
Launched Oct, 1998, with readings by Karline Smith, Nicholas Blincoe and Tibor Fischer at Deansgate Waterstone's.

Novels

Ditch-Crawl

John Latham
Ditch-crawling has no rules, just aesthetic principles…

Home is Where

Heather Beck
A ground-breaking literary vision, swerving in and out of the isolated monologue of an isolated elderly woman