shining the spotlight on short story collections
Flash fiction is a dominant thread running through this month’s books, with an award-winning chapbook (In the Land of the Free by Geoffrey Forsyth), a collection of prose poems (Annie Clarkson’s Winter Hands), and fabulous examples of food-related fiction (Jim Crace’s The Devil’s Larder) . Shakespeare’s heroines provide inspiration (Silent Girl by Tricia Dower), there are close encounters (Close Encounters by Jen Michalski) on cool blue trains (Peter Hobbs’ I could Ride All Day on My Cool Blue Train), our reviewer dreams of large motorbikes (Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy), a prize anthology doesn’t disappoint (Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 2008), and tales of science versus supersition (Galileo’s Children edited by Gardner Dozois) and warnings about what we’re doing to our planet make for interesting reading (EarthFuture by Guy Dauncey).
Seven author interviews – from Clare Wigfall, Benjamin Percy and Jen Michalski to Peter Hobbs, Annie Clarkson, Geoffrey Forsyth and Tricia Dower – demonstrate again how writing fiction is a personal and a collective experience.
Head on over….Happy reading!