Short Story Review: The Bovine Histories by Ian Burton

Story Title: ‘The Bovine Histories’ by Ian Burton
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (Bristol Review of Books)
Briefly: The time has come for Hathor to declare a new Keeper of the Histories, and it looks like Kow-one could be the favourite.
Afterthoughts: I’m sure after reading my brief summary of this story that you’re convinced it’s some kind of RPG/fantasy type story, but actually you couldn’t be further from the truth. There are clues in the title which suggest what it’s story is about, and also take a look at the name of one of the characters. Have you worked it out yet? Well if you haven’t then I’m not going to spoil it for you. Suffice it to say this a cleverly imagined and well engineered tale, which is not surprising given that its author is a Creative Writing tutor. And reading The Bovine Histories one can see that Ian Burton very much practises what he preaches.

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).