Today goes down as one of my most memorable bookish days EVER, because into my hands finally came the series of classic short story collections I’ve been coveting for months now. They’re the classic short story collections which have just been released by Harper Perennial (note that they’re not released in the UK until June 1st), to tie in nicely with their ‘read a short story’ summer campaign. I’ve wanted these so much that I was almost hyperventilating when the box arrived, and I began opening it – no kidding! (although to be fair I do that with every book delivery that I receive, and that’s no kidding either )).
You may remember I went crazy for the covers for this collection in a recent ‘Cover Love’ feature, and I’ve got to say that they are even more phenomenal ‘in the flesh’. The colours are vibrant – I mean bordering on ‘glow in the dark’, and they fill the whole of the cover (including spine). Couple this with the wonderfully creative author ‘cut outs’ from Adam Johnson (he talks about the design of these in this post), and the result is a thing of real beauty. Absolutely gorg-e-ous!!
The content found in these collections looks to be superb too. Based on first impressions there’s not only plenty of short story value to be had from each of the featured classic authors (the number of stories in each varies), but each edition also comes with a bonus contemporary short from collections also being released around this time by Harper Perennial.
Of course I can’t tell you an awful lot more about these books right now because they’ve literally only just been opened, but you can be assured I’ll be speaking about them a lot more over the summer, especially if Harper Perennial keep bombarding us with ‘funnies’ in tribute to their campaign ). Meanwhile if you want to check out these books for yourself then I suggest that you head on over to the ‘Cover Love’ feature I mentioned earlier, where all of the cover images link to each book’s product page at Harper. Have fun!