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:

To Kill A Child

Stig Dagerman’s – To Kill A Child

Dark Lies The Island

Kevin Barry’s – Dark Lies The Island

Abandon The Old In Tokyo

Yoshihiro Tatsumi – Abandon The Old In Tokyo

The Love Object

Edna O’Brien – The Love Object

Chekhov Comic Tales

Anton Chekhov – The Comic Stories

Collections I read this year that I would recommend as gifts:

tenth-of-december-jacket-LSGeorge Saunders – Tenth of December

essexcountyJeff Lemire – Essex County

Tatsumi The Push ManYoshihiro Tatsumi – The Pushman & Other Stories

Of Dublin coverNuala Ni Chonchuir – Of Dublin & Other Fictions

Jon McGregor TITSOTTHTSLYJon McGregor – This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You

Pre War House

Alison Moore – The Pre-War House & Other Stories

Sweet HomeCary’s Bray – Sweet Home

SF72My 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.