Just found out the the Booktrust website is running a Short Story Advent Calendar. The Short Review, whose post tipped me off to the Advent Calendar, has joined in with by posting a Short Story Christmas Wishlist.
I thought I might join in with my own list of short story collections I’d like to find under the tree come the 25th:
Stig Dagerman’s – To Kill A Child
Kevin Barry’s – Dark Lies The Island
Yoshihiro Tatsumi – Abandon The Old In Tokyo
Edna O’Brien – The Love Object
Anton Chekhov – The Comic Stories
Collections I read this year that I would recommend as gifts:
George Saunders – Tenth of December
Yoshihiro Tatsumi – The Pushman & Other Stories
Nuala Ni Chonchuir – Of Dublin & Other Fictions
Jon McGregor – This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You
Alison Moore – The Pre-War House & Other Stories
My most recent short story reading has been from the excellent Short Fiction 7, and, in my eagerness to read it, I appear to have bought two copies by accident. Rather than return the book, I’ve decided to give away the extra copy on this blog. To be in with a chance of winning a spanking new copy of Short Fiction 7, post a short story recommendation or short short story collection wish list in the comments below. Commenters names will be put in a Santa hat and one of my elves will pick a name on or around Christmas Eve. Looking forward to seeing your recommendations/wish lists.
6 Responses to Short Story Advent Calendar
Hi Dan. Great post. I recommend Peter Meinke’s ‘The Cranes’. It needs more than one read and stays with you long after you’ve unpicked it.
Thanks for the recommendation Jan. Will be checking that out. Not an author I’ve read anything by as yet. Will make sure I rectify that.
I was impressed by Pawel Huelle’s Cold Sea Stories. Bought it at random in a great Indie bookshop in Norwich.
I’ve got the Chekov collection you’ve mentioned above. I love Chekov, but that collection is terrible!
Very late doing the hat for this. In my defence the last few months have been a little crazy. Anyway……the winner…..pulled from the hat by my middlest child is…….. Neil Baker.
It’s my lucky day. Just been long listed for an Irish story prize (Labello) but nothing beats winning free stuff from Dan Powell.
Awesome stuff. Congratulations on the shortlisting. Look forward to reading the story. Chuck me an email with your address and I’ll slap the Short Fiction in the post on Monday.
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