Forethoughts: Unthology 4 anthology

Before I begin with these forethoughts, a disclaimer. I know both of the editors of this anthology series, not in a physical sense but we connect together online often, to discuss the glory of the written word and the beautiful minds who wield their … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 6

Every year I look forward to the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology, and there’s a good reason for this - it never seems to disappoint. I realise that I’m perhaps being a little premature in saying such a thing, but I have real confidence in the … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

I'll get straight to the point here. Despite having an insatiable thirst for short stories I've never read anything by Nathan Englander. Why, I don't know. I'm well aware that he's a 'hot number' in short fiction, but for whatever reason he's always … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Suddenly a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret

If I could describe Israeli short fiction specialist Etgar Keret in one word then that one word would be ingenius. 'Ingenius' simply because he has the ability to come up with the most extraordinary stories. To date, he's published five short story … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

*Bounce* *Bounce* *Bounce* *Bounce* *Bounce* Why am I bouncing? Because I'm excited. Why am I excited? Because sitting in front of me is Irish short fiction legend Kevin Barry's latest short story collection, Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape), and … [Read more...]

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: 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: 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...]