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The Final Edit: William Trevor's Last Stories

Tony Lacey, William Trevor's editor for more than 20 years, talks about the private, meticulous, exacting and brilliant man he knew and introduces Trevor's peerless final collection, Last Stories.

Extract: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Extract: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Posted on 16th Mar, 2017 by Sally Campbell & Martha Greengrass

What does it mean to be a refugee? How does identity survive when it is moved far from the customs, memories and people amidst which it was formed? These are the questions Viet Thanh Nguyen attempts to answer in his short story collection, The Refugees. Described as ‘beautiful and heartrending' by Joyce Carol Oates in The New Yorker, these stories are a testament to the endurance of the human spirit beyond borders and nationhood. Here we present an extract from ‘The Transplant’ to introduce Viet Thanh Nguyen’s timely and moving collection.

K. J. Orr Wins 2016 BBC National Short Story Award

Beating a strong field - including two-time Booker winner Hilary Mantel - debut author K.J. Orr bags the coveted BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust for 2016 with her short story Disappearances.

Mark Haddon in conversation with Will Rycroft

Mark Haddon in conversation with Will Rycroft

Posted on 16th May, 2016 by Mark Haddon & Will Rycroft

Mark Haddon's new collection of short stories The Pier Falls is a departure from his usual style. Vintage Community Manager and literary vlogger Will Rycroft interviews Mark on his move both to the short story form and to much darker subject matter.

Extract: Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Extract: Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Posted on 2nd Nov, 2015 by Stephen King

You heard us - an extract from Stephen King's brand new book of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Ahead of publication, no less. Halloween may be over but you are still in for a scare...

The Library of Babel

The Library of Babel

Posted on 12th Aug, 2015 by Jonathan O'Brien

The Library of Babel imagined by Jorge Luis Borges now exists and I'm not sure I can cope with it

Why read short stories?

Why read short stories?

Posted on 21st May, 2015 by Jonathan O'Brien

Because they're fantastic. A few of our favourite recent and classic collections.

Shriver wins BBC National Short Story Award

Shriver wins BBC National Short Story Award

Posted on 30th Sep, 2014 by Waterstones

Lionel Shriver wins the coveted short story award whilst Zadie Smith named runner-up.

Fiction Book of the Month: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

A chance to read The Long QT from Hilary Mantel's new short story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher - our Fiction Book of the Month.

Read Stone Mattress

Read Stone Mattress

Posted on 28th Aug, 2014 by Margaret Atwood

Read an extract from Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress.

Can a Corn by Jess Walter

Can a Corn by Jess Walter

Posted on 5th Jul, 2014 by Guest contributor

We're thrilled to be able to share this short story from Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins, taken from his latest collection We Live in Water.

Book Club: Read Lying Under the Apple Tree

Book Club: Read Lying Under the Apple Tree

Posted on 5th Jun, 2014 by Alice Munro

Lying Under the Apple Tree - a selection of Novel Laureate Alice Munro's best short fiction from the past fifteen years is one of our Book Club selections this week - and here's a chance to enjoy one of her stories - The Love of a Good Woman...