‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2015

'Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?' - I'm a huge advocate for rereading (especially short stories), and so it's nice to stumble across a discussion on the New York Times website that covers this very topic. During the course of the article … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed - Alas, I've not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn't stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 13th November 2013

Short fiction fans set for a long visit at ShortStops - How exciting to see short story writer and editor of The Short Review, Tania Hershman breaking cover with a new short fiction-related portal which focuses on bringing attention to all of the … [Read more...]

Short story review: ‘The Curse’ by A Yi

Story Title: 'The Curse' by A Yi; translated by Julia Lovell Source: Guardian Books (available online as part of the Guardian's 'China stories' series) Date Read: 12th April 2012 Briefly: It begins with an argument between two neighbours over a … [Read more...]

Short story review: ‘Galloping Horses’ by Xu Zechen

Story Title: 'Galloping Horses' by Xu Zechen; translated by Helen Wang. Source: Guardian Books (available online as part of the Guardian's 'China stories' series) Date Read: 12th April 2012 Briefly: Left in charge of watching over his father's … [Read more...]

Short story review: ‘Old Man Xinjiang’ by Xue Mo

Story Title: 'Old Man Xinjiang' by Xue Mo; translated by Nicky Harman Source: Guardian Books (available online as part of the Guardian's 'China stories' series) Date Read: 11th April 2012 Briefly: Every man has a cross to bear, and Old Man … [Read more...]

Short story review: ‘The Accident’ by Murong Xuecun

Story Title: 'The Accident' by Murong Xuecun; translated by Harvey Thomlinson Source: Guardian Books (available online as part of the Guardian's 'China stories' series) Date Read: 11th April 2012 Briefly: Wei is on his way to meet his girlfriend … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 13th July 2011

In praise of battered books - Gotta love David Barnett's post over at Guardian Books, in which he shows some genuine affection for the more battered titles to be found on his bookshelves. I absolutely get where David is coming from. Every … [Read more...]

Discussing The Guardian’s ‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’

With the launch of their Twelve Tales for Christmas (a series of special short story-flavoured podcasts which run from now until Christmas), how wonderful it is to see the Guardian showing so much reverence for the short story form, They’ve even gone … [Read more...]

Guardian Books: Top 10 ‘Circadian Novels’

John Mullan over at Guardian Books has an interesting article on what he considers to be the top 10 'circadian novels'. Are you familiar with the term? I wasn't until it was explained that novels coming under the tag of circadian, are ones where the … [Read more...]