Christmas Sale

Until January 2nd, enjoy discounts on loads of our titles, with up to 30% off single author collections and 50% off anthologies, it's the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, or the bibliophile in your life - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Comma!

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Amuse-Bouche

Arnon Grunberg

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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2013

ed. Mariella Frostrup

The stories shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 all use brevity with striking results.

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Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

ed. Ra Page

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bio-Punk

ed. Ra Page

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century.

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When It Changed

ed. Geoff Ryman

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.

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I.D.: Crimes of Identity

ed. Martin Edwards

The latest showcase of shorts from the CWA celebrates the ‘who’ in the whodunnit, the psyche behind the psychological profile.

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M.O.: Crimes of Practice

ed. Martin Edwards

These stories demonstrate that, even with the most despicable of crimes, there’s methodology in the madness.

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ReBerth: Stories from Cities on the Edge

ed. Jim Hinks, Franco Bianchini

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.

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Elsewhere: Stories from Small Town Europe

ed. Maria Crossan

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.

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The Book of Leeds

ed. Tom Palmer, Maria Crossan

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.

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The Book of Liverpool

ed. Maria Crossan

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.

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Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities

ed. Maria Crossan

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.

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Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

ed. Joumana Haddad

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…

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Morphologies

ed. Ra Page

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.

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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.

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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.

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Planet Box

Diana Syder

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

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The Book of Gaza

ed. Atef Abu Saif

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.

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The Book of Rio

ed. Toni Marques, Katie Slade

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.

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The Book of Tokyo

ed. Jim Hinks, Masashi Matsuie

A City in Short Fiction.

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Beta-Life

ed. Ra Page, Martyn Amos

Short Stories from an A-Life Future

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Jebel Marra

Michelle Green

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

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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

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The Life-Writer

David Constantine

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

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In Another Country: Selected Stories

David Constantine

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

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2015

ed. Allan Little

The BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust celebrates its tenth year with a stellar line-up of authors.

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Spindles: Stories from the Science of Sleep

ed. Ra Page, Penny Lewis

Short stories informed by explorations of the science of sleep

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Points of Origin

Diao Dou

Short stories from one of China's leading satirists

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Refugee Tales

ed. David Herd, Anna Pincus

Fourteen stories exploring real life refugee experiences, told in the style of the Canterbury Tales

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The Book of Khartoum

ed. Raph Cormack, Max Shmookler

Short Stories from Khartoum

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Swallow Summer

Larissa Boehning

The latest collection from German author Larissa Boehning

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The Book of Dhaka

ed. Arunava Sinha, Pushpita Alam

A City in Short Fiction.

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Iraq + 100

ed. Hassan Blasim

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?