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Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

Anthologies and short stories

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Recommendations in this category collected between 21 October 2017 (the First Day of Winter in the Old Nordic calendar) and 12 April 2018 (the last day of the London Book Fair 2018) will be published on this page by World IP Day on 26 April 2018.

First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan
(UK: @vintagebooks, 1997; USA: @VintageAnchor, 1994)

Ian McEwan’s Somerset Maugham Award-winning collection First Love, Last Rites brought him instant recognition as one of the most influential voices writing in the UK today. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness.

These tales are as horrifying as anything written by Clive Barker or Stephen King, but they are crafted with a lyricism and intensity that compel us to confront our secret kinship with the horrifying.

UK: ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Waterstones | WHSmith
USA: NewPages guide to independent bookstores | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Canada: FindaBookstore.ca search engine | Amazon | Indigo
Rest of the world: Book Depository

Recommended by:
Paul Atherton, Managing Director, Simple (TV) Productions Ltd (film/television)

Paul says: ‘My Catcher in the Ryein that I read it in my teens.’

Paul has recently run a campaign to raise awareness of the Homeless in London by Living in a Car for a year. You can follow his progress via Twitter @LondonersLondon using the hashtag #LivingInACar

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