Forethoughts: This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You by Jon McGregor

Such is the quality of his short fiction writing, that every short story fan's heart fluttered when Jon McGregor's short story collection, This Isn't The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You (Bloomsbury) was announced. It's time for mine to … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod

And so I come to Alexander MacLeod's debut short story collection, Light Lifting (Jonathan Cape), which is published in the UK tomorrow (2nd February). I know I'm currently working my way through a load of short story collections as it is, but I'm so … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Accabadora by Michela Murgia

Hand's up, who knows what an accabadora is? I'd be impressed if you did know. I didn't, but I soon found out when I picked up my lasted read which uses this word as its title. The meaning of accabadora is revealed in the cover blurb (see below). … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 4

There are certain titles that need little introduction on RobAroundBooks, and the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology is one of them. If you're a regular then you'll know that I rate this anthology very highly, and so with the arrival of BSSP Volume … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: All the Lights by Clemens Meyer

If you were at the Clemens Meyer and Stuart Evers event at EdBookFest this year, then you couldn't help but fall in love both with the short story form, and with the two authors who were in the spotlight (You can read my full report on the event … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Art of Fact edited by Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (Simon & Schuster) may have been published in 1997 but it still stands as one of the finest anthologies on the subject of literary nonfiction. So what better book to complement my read … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

Note: My afterthoughts for Atlas of Remote Islands have now been posted (but I'd still like it if you read my forethoughts for this title, if you haven't already). The first thing I have to make clear about this, my next read in preparation for … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam

Now here's a work of fiction that I know absolutely nothing about; and I know even less about its author, Steven Amsterdam. However, I have it on very good authority that Things We Didn't See Coming (Harvill Secker) is an unmissable debut, and I … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Ten Stories About Smoking by Stuart Evers

I'm not going to lie to you here folks, I'm really excited about reading Ten Stories About Smoking (Picador). Ever since the book was 'star of the show' in my first ever Booknatomy feature, I've fallen in love with it, and since then I've heard so … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Today by David Miller

What you will to begin to see now on RobAroundBooks over next the few weeks is a targeting of specific books which are linked to this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, or to be more precise the events that I'm attending during the month of … [Read more...]