The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Week Links: listen!

I’d hoped to get to Short Stories Aloud in Oxford on Tuesday. Sadly I didn’t make it to hear Margaret Drabble and Jo Baker, plus other stories. Unforseeables permitting, I’ll … Continue reading

November 29, 2013

Review of Smoked Meat by Rowena Macdonald

Smoked Meat by Rowena Macdonald      Flambard Press,  2011 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew            “What will we do without chocolate?” “We gotta start havin’ sex instead.”  After Jennifer Egan’s A Visit To The … Continue reading

November 28, 2013

Week Links: Terrible Girls, and Women, and others…

Doris Lessing died on 17th November aged 94. Here’s one of her short stories, To Room 19. I also read Television, by Lydia Davis. I want to read The Terrible … Continue reading

November 22, 2013

Review of The Best British Short Stories 2013, ed. Nicholas Royle

The Best British Short Stories Series Editor: Nicholas Royle Salt Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Susan Haigh (Uncle Jack) brought … an enormous book, when he sat it down upon his lap … Continue reading

November 18, 2013

Week Links: Short Story Week

Short Stops, The Short Review’s sister site,  is a new resource site for the short story in the UK and Ireland. The new Unthology is now open for submissions. Spolia Magazine’s Hysteria … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

From the archives: Review of Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr

Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr Fourth Estate, 2010 Reviewed by Tania Hershman “What is there in Luvo’s life that makes sense? Dusk in the Karoo becomes dawn in Cape Town. What … Continue reading

November 14, 2013

Review of Still: Short Stories Inspired by Photographs of Vacated Spaces

Still: Short Stories Inspired by Photographs of Vacated Spaces Edited by Roelof Bakker Negative Press London, 2012 Reviewed by Sara Baume ‘Jesus loves me,’ said the man.  He had passed the … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Week Links: Long Shorts

“How long is Grand Theft Auto?” Philip Hensher at The Guardian Books on why short stories are as long as big books. Wouldn’t that be novella? Julian Gough on “Bookeens” at The … Continue reading

November 8, 2013

Week Links

I write short stories, amongst other things.  I’m hoping to post some interesting links here once every seven days or so, hence the weak pun. It’s a highly personal selection, … Continue reading

November 1, 2013