Tom Vowler’s Scott Prize winning debut collection includes the excellent ‘Busy. Come. Wait.’ which some may remember made the top fifteen stories of my Short Story Challenge. The Method and Other Stories contains a diverse selection of stories touching on themes of love, loss, grief, ambition and obsession and contains many, many great examples of the short form. From the plausibly near future spec-fic of ‘Offline,’ through the devastating yet understated effects of ‘There Are New Birthdays Now,’ to the razor sharp voice of ‘Team Build,’ this a collection that surprises and entertains at every turn. Deserves your attention.