The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Criticism’s vocabulary of cruelty

Thanks to Short Reviewer Mark for drawing my attention to this fascinating article by Molly Flatt on The Guardian’s Book’s Blog. Entitled “Criticism’s Vocabulary of Cruelty”, her premise is that … Continue reading

May 19, 2008 · 4 Comments

Self-published short story collection on Frank O’Connor Longlist

As reported in the Guardian: This year’s 39-strong longlist for the €35,000 Frank O’Connor international short story prize sees a runaway American bestseller vying with an almost unknown, self-published author.Jhumpa … Continue reading

May 7, 2008 · 13 Comments

Addictions, balance and borrowing

Several people have used the word “addicted” to describe their feelings towards The Short Review. Short story collections – the new heroin? Will this necessitate government action, a Tsar to … Continue reading

April 3, 2008 · Leave a comment

Short story collections are like "a big box of chocolates"

When you’ve won yourself a prize like the Booker Prize, as Anne Enright (whose first published book was a short story collection) did with her novel, The Gathering, then you’re … Continue reading

March 11, 2008 · 4 Comments

Prizes and discussions about reviewing

Congratulations to Jim Shepard who, reports BookFox, has won the $20,000 Short Story Prize for his collection, Like You’d Understand Anyway. BookFox (who reviewed Roddy Doyle’s collection, The Deportees, for … Continue reading

March 1, 2008 · Leave a comment