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The world’s best writers reveal their favourite short stories...

Some of our great writers – from Elizabeth Strout to Mark Haddon – nominate what their favourite short story is, and tell us, in this intimate series, why they love it so much. You can watch the series here, with new choices every week


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Louise Kennedy’s favourite short story

  • 14th January 2021

The Irish author Louise Kennedy on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – A Scandalous Woman, by Edna O'Brien

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Tracy Chevalier’s favourite short story

  • 8th January 2021

The American-British author Tracy Chevalier on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

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Caoilinn Hughes’s favourite short story

  • 18th December 2020

The Irish author Caoilinn Hughes on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – A Woman on a Roof, by Doris Lessing

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Lisa Blower’s favourite short story

  • 11th December 2020

The British author Lisa Blower on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

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Gerry McKeague ’s favourite short story

  • 4th December 2020

The Northern Irish author Gerry McKeague on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

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Tahmima Anam’s favourite short story

  • 27th November 2020

The Bangladeshi-born British writer author Tahmima Anam on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore

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Jonny Geller’s favourite short story

  • 26th November 2020

The literary agent Jonny Geller on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Gimpel the Fool, by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Brian Van Reet’s favourite short story

  • 20th November 2020

The American author Brian Van Reet on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Defender of the Faith by Philip Roth

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Marie-Helene Bertino’s favourite short story

  • 13th November 2020

The American author Marie-Helene Bertino on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s favourite short story

  • 6th November 2020

The Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The South by Jorge Luis Borges

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