The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Review: Worlds from the Word’s End by Joanna Walsh

And Other Stories published 7 September 2017 Reviewed by Cath Barton “As for the rest of us, words still visited sometimes: spork, ostrich, windjammer… We wondered where they had come from, what … Continue reading

August 21, 2017

Best European Fiction 2015: Review

Preface by Enrique Vila-Matas Dalkey Archive 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly Let’s not quibble with the “Best” in the title. This is a fascinating glimpse into contemporary fiction across Europe. An anthology … Continue reading

June 15, 2016

Review: The Irreal Reader anthology

The Irreal Reader Fiction and Essays from the Café Irreal Edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg Numerous authors including Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz … Continue reading

November 15, 2014

Unthology 5: Review

Unthology 5 Editors: Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones Contributing authors: Elizabeth Baines, Roelof Bakker, Sarah Bower, Garrie Fletcher, Victoria Heath, Maggie Ling, Mark Mayes, CS Mee, Andrew Oldham, Angela Readman, John … Continue reading

October 6, 2014

SaltWater by Lane Ashfeldt: Review

SaltWater by Lane Ashfeldt Liberties Press, 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “The taste of tobacco filled his mouth and made it water. Jim spat, and he felt ready for the sea again. You … Continue reading

August 14, 2014

Fractals: Short Stories by Joanna Walsh. Review.

Fractals: Short Stories by Joanna Walsh 3:AM Press, 2013 Reviewed by Hannah Tuson “All your life you’ve been asked to choose: to be the woman who didn’t drink canned sodas, who didn’t watch American television … Continue reading

June 16, 2014

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

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

Review of Tea at the Midland by David Constantine

Tea at the Midland by David Constantine Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by AJ Kirby “The man in the kitchen garden was watering his beans. The water showed pure silver in the lowering … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · 3 Comments

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