Short Story Review: Dressing for Chess by John Fairweather

Story Title: ‘Dressing for Chess’ by John Fairweather
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (Bristol Review of Books)
Briefly: Tony is woken at 4am by the telephone ringing, but he’s not in the slightest bit concerned about who it may be. He knows who it is, and he can take his time answering it. It’s the man in the blue dress and Tony is getting more and more used to talking to him, whenever he phones up, and whatever the time.
Afterthoughts: This is a story that addresses loneliness to a point, but in a bizarre and wholly unique way. Given that this is only the second story that Fairweather has ever written I’m impressed. It has a quality that makes one ruminate over it long after one has finished reading it. It has a depth that one only really notices when one thinks about the story long and hard. That’s a powerful quality to have in a story so short.

Rating: ★★★½☆

This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Review of Books Anthology 4. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).