The Best British Short Stories 2013

The Best British Short Stories The third in a landmark series of annual anthologies The Best British Short Stories brings you the best of short fiction by British writers first published in These stories first appeared

  • Title: The Best British Short Stories 2013
  • Author: Nicholas Royle
  • ISBN: 9781907773471
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • The third in a landmark series of annual anthologies, The Best British Short Stories 2013 brings you the best of short fiction, by British writers, first published in 2012 These stories first appeared in magazines from Stand to Granta, in anthologies across various genres from publishers big and small, and in authors own short story collections They were broadcast on raThe third in a landmark series of annual anthologies, The Best British Short Stories 2013 brings you the best of short fiction, by British writers, first published in 2012 These stories first appeared in magazines from Stand to Granta, in anthologies across various genres from publishers big and small, and in authors own short story collections They were broadcast on radio and delivered by mobile phone app They appeared online at fleetingmagazine and elsewhere.

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    1. Mostly good. Review coming.'s some short notes on some of my favourite pieces in this collection:Alison Moore – effective, sharp evocation of a ‘battered’ wife returning to the parental homeEllis Sharp – ebullient drugged (diazepam) walk across Hampstead heath where the ground yield[s] to his weight with a low squelch of pleasure, and into a gallery (the library was sickly with gilt), and you’re thinking hey up, bit over the top, when he comes clean: Trees have no emotion and do not cr [...]

    2. 2.5 - somewhere between "it was ok" and "liked it".A mixed bag. Some lovely, some utterly bland. I'm left feeling underwhelmed after finishing this collection. Many of the short stories in the book seemed to be salvaged scraps of failed novels. It starts off fairly strong and drops off towards the end.Adam Marek's "The Stormchasers" was probably my favourite, or perhaps "Mrs Vadnie Marlene Sevlon" by Jackie Kay. Ross Raisin's "When You Grow into Yourself" deserves a mention too. And "The Swimmer [...]

    3. Most of the stories are dull and forgettable with a couple of stinkers thrown in for good measure. A good read for insomniacs.

    4. There are some well written stories in this anthology, but I was disappointed that the selection did not reflect the depth and variation of British culture. Instead this anthology reflects the taste of the editor Nicholas Royle, who clearly likes stories written in the present tense, which need to be carefully read in order to detect the tensions lying underneath. It was a relief to read "The Tasting" by Regi Claire, one of the few stories written in the more palatable past tense. Many of the pr [...]

    5. Not very good I'm afraid. Just 2 stories were worthwhile, those by Lesley Glaister and Nikesh Shukla which both honoured the short story form with strong central themes and images, while the rest mainly disappeared on wisps of air so flimsy were they.

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