10 best short story collections that are the must-reads of 2019


A good short story is hard to beat – but harder to write. In under 10,000 words (there are no hard and fast rules about the “proper” length of a short story, but safe to say any piece of writing more than 10,000 words could not be considered short), an author must successfully create a number of elements, and blend them. As in most fiction, the characters should be compelling, the setting should be clear and there should be some conflict or jeopardy.


The plot, in the context of short stories, is less important than mood, which should dominate clearly and consistently.  One of the reasons why there is such an appetite for this type of fiction is that they are almost always easily devoured in one sitting. They require intense bursts of attention and reward readers handsomely with plenty to think about.


Here are the top books which the book lover should read 

1.‘Being Various: New Irish Short Stories’ edited by Lucy Caldwell, published by Faber & Faber: £12.99, Faber & Faber

2.‘You Know You Want This’, Kristen Roupenian, published by Jonathan Cape: £8.77, Amazon

3.‘Salt Slow’, Julia Armfield, published by Pan Macmillan: £9.99, Waterstones

4.‘Fabulous’, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, published by Fourth Estate: £10.08, Amazon

5.‘The Sun On My Head’ Geovani Martins, published by Faber & Faber: £10.99, Amazon

6.‘Orange World’ Karen Russell, published by Chatto & Windus: £11.75, Amazon

7.‘Look How Happy I’m Making You’ Polly Rosenwaike, published by Doubleday: £13.82, Amazon

8.‘Home Remedies’ Xuan Juliana Wang, published by Atlantic Books: £8.99, Amazon

9.‘Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Other Stories’ Maxim Osipov, published by The New York Review of Books: £10.62, Amazon

10.‘I Will Not Be Erased’ edited by gal-dem, published by Walker Books: £4.99, Amazon


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