The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Review: Denis Johnson, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson Published by Random House, January 2018 Reviewed by Gurnaik Johal “It’s plain to you that at the time I write this, I’m … Continue reading

July 10, 2018

Astray by Emma Donoghue, reviewed by Sarah Schofield

Astray by Emma Donoghue Picador, 2012 Reviewed by Sarah Schofield “‘Could you bear it, really, Caro? Leaving England behind?’ What’s the harm in humouring him? ‘I expect I would hate it at first,’ … Continue reading

July 20, 2014

Review of You Have 24 Hours to Love Us by Guy Ware

You Have 24 Hours to Love Us by Guy Ware Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “Make me up, Joe. I could be anybody you like. Make me up. Like … Continue reading

February 27, 2014

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


The Foxes Come at Night by Cees Nooteboom Maclehose Press, 2011 Reviewed by Tania Hershman Language is something you inherit, it’s never just you doing the talking, which helps when you’re … Continue reading

July 8, 2013

Review of The Stone Thrower by Adam Marek

The Stone Thrower by Adam Marek   Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by Melissa Lee-Houghton ‘Wilkie put both hands flat on top of his head and gazed up the edifice of limbs. Many of … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Review of And by Jim Mullarkey

And by Jim Mullarkey Doire Press, 2011 Reviewed by Sara Baume “You hoover the bedrooms, over and back, dust,” he said, “everything is dust, dust, dust, and in that dust is … Continue reading

July 4, 2013

Review of Cosmic Latte by Rachel Trezise

Cosmic Latte by Rachel Trezise Parthian Books, 2013 Reviewed by Nuala Ní Chonchúir ‘I couldn’t help staring at her, the way her labia minora resembled a mouth turned on its side, and … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Review of Elegant Punk by Darlin’ Neal

Elegant Punk by Darlin’ Neal Press 53, 2012 Reviewed by Carol Reid Last time, when her dad promised to make it up to her, he’d apologized and said he’d run into … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Review of Mother America by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Mother America by  Nuala Ní Chonchúir New Island, 2012 Reviewed by Susan Haigh “Mama, I need something from you.” “Don’t I know it, son.”  (Queen of Tattoo) How many truths … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 1 Comment