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Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

Anthologies and short stories

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Roar
Cecelia Ahearn
(UK: HarperCollins, @HarperCollinsUK, 2018; USA: Grand Central Publishing, @GrandCentralPub, 2019)

In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women’s lives – the routines, the embarrassments, the desires -and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.

One woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin; another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation; yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him. The women at the centre of this curious universe learn that their reality is shaped not only by how others perceive them, but also how they perceive the power within themselves.

By turns sly, whimsical, and affecting, these thirty short stories are a dynamic examination of what it means to be a woman in this very moment. Like women themselves, each story can stand alone; yet together, they have a combined power to shift consciousness, inspire others, and create a multi-voiced roar that will not be ignored.

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Recommended by:
HarperCollins at Book Marketing Society event

Sweet Home
Carys Bray
(UK: Windmill Books, @PenguinRHUK, 2017)

Meet the little boy who believes in miracles … Meet the mother who loves to bring babies home from the newborn aisle of her supermarket … Meet the husband who carves a longed-for baby out of ice as a gift for his wife … Meet the widow who is reminded of romance whilst pegging out the washing.

Awarded the Scott Prize for short story writing, Sweet Home weaves together moments of joy, heartache, sadness and unwavering love as told through seventeen very different notions of home.

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Recommended by:
Alyson Shipley, xxx

Writers of the Future
(L Ron Hubbard presents: book 33)
David Farland (editor)
(USA: Galaxy Press, @galaxypress, 2017)

Explore diverse new universes of possibility through a variety of creative and fresh new ideas – all in one anthology. From dragons to mythical death dealers, from murder on the moon to deep space mystery, these stories bring you the hot new talent in science fiction, fantasy & horror.

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Recommended by:
Galaxy Press at BookExpo America

In His Own Write
John Lennon
(UK: Canongate Books, @canongatebooks, 2014; USA: Simon & Schuster, @simonschuster, 2010)

ABOUT THE AWFUL … I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madalf Heatlump (Who only had one). Anyway they didn’t get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypol. And still didn’t pass-much to my Aunties supplies. As a member of the most publified Beatles my and (P, G, and R’s) records might seem funnier to some than this book, but as far as I’m conceived this correction of short writty is the most wonderfoul larf I’ve ever ready.

Introduced by Paul McCartney, In His Own Write is John Lennon’s literary debut, a book of stories, drawings and poems that was first published in 1964 to great critical acclaim and became a phenomenon, selling over 600,000 copies in the UK alone and revealing a hitherto unseen side to Lennon’s artistic output and talent.

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Recommended by:
David Stark

First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan
(UK: Vintage Books@vintagebooks, 1997; USA: Vintage Books@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.

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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

Christmas Days
Jeanette Winterson
(UK: Vintage Books, @vintagebooks, 2018; USA: Grove Press, @groveatlantic, 2017

For years Jeanette Winterson has written a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny, and bold tales, along with twelve delicious recipes for the twelve days of Christmas.

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Recommended by:
Sanne Vliegenthart

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