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Food in Exile

June 18th 2018

FARHANA SHAIKH explores the homeliness of food in Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut collection: ‘In Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies food is more than just sustenance, it is purpose, priority and preoccupation…’

Happily Married

June 29th 2016

NICOLA DALY recommends the title story of Claire Keegan’s debut collection, Antarctica: ‘You may, at this point, feel you know where the story is going. The scenario seems a familiar one: a married woman longs for passion and excitement before middle-age take its toll. We journey with the woman as she makes a trip to an undisclosed city for an annual shopping trip. However, the story is shrouded in mystery and Keegan has a way of leading the reader up a certain path only to suddenly take us on a detour…’

Short Story Masterclass… with David Constantine

February 3rd 2014

In the latest instalment of our Short Story Masterclass series, K. J. Orr talks with DAVID CONSTANTINE about competing narratives, literal metaphors, realisations for a writer and much more…


May 1st 2013

I was slow coming to this book, but then good books, like lovers, have a way of finding you…’ In his essay, shortlisted for the 2013 THRESHOLDS International Feature Writing Competition, TOM VOWLER explores Graham Mort’s short story collection Touch.

There Once Lived a Woman…

January 21st 2013

PAULINE MASUREL discusses how Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s collection of Scary Fairy Tales swerves ‘between the realist-expected and the magical-surreal – often involving equally powerful forces such as disease, alcohol, vandalism, war and mental illness.’

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