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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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Leone Ross’s favourite short story

  • 4th March 2021

Leone Ross on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Fern by Jean Toomer

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Paul McVeigh’s favourite short story

  • 25th February 2021

The Irish author Paul McVeigh on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Tenth of December, by George Saunders

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Claire Adam’s favourite short story

  • 18th February 2021

The Trinidadian author Claire Adam on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Brackley and the Bed, by Samuel Selvon

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Phil Klay’s favourite short story

  • 11th February 2021

The American author Phil Klay on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Night Before Battle, by Ernest Hemingway

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Alice Ash’s favourite short story

  • 4th February 2021

The British author Alice Ash on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Waxy, by Camilla Grudova

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Niamh Campbell’s favourite short story

  • 28th January 2021

The Irish author Niamh Campbell on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Dead, by James Joyce

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Chris Power’s favourite short story

  • 21st January 2021

The British author Chris Power on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Enrique Martín, by Roberto Bolaño

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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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