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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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Irenosen Okojie’s favourite short story

  • 13th May 2021

Irenosen Okojie on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – J'ouvert by Jamel Brinkley

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Preti Taneja’s favourite short story

  • 6th May 2021

Preti Taneja on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Ten Rupees by Saadat Hasan Manto (translated by Aatish Taseer)

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Daniel J O’Malley’s favourite short story

  • 29th April 2021

Daniel J O’Malley on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Fat Man’s Race by Louise Erdrich

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Shawn Vestal’s favourite short story

  • 22nd April 2021

Shawn Vestal on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff

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Alexia Tolas’s favourite short story

  • 15th April 2021

Alexia Tolas on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Flies by Helen Klonaris

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Paul Dalla Rosa’s favourite short story

  • 8th April 2021

The author Paul Dalla Rosa on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – William Wei by Amie Barrodale

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Elizabeth McCracken’s favourite short story

  • 1st April 2021

Elizabeth McCracken on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – A Conversation with My Father by Grace Paley

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Kathleen Alcott’s favourite short story

  • 25th March 2021

Kathleen Alcott on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Twenty Minutes, by James Salter

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Rebecca F John’s favourite short story

  • 18th March 2021

The author Rebecca F John on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Ocularist's Wife by Clare Wigfall

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Adam Marek’s favourite short story

  • 11th March 2021

Adam Marek on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Ava Wrestles the Alligator, by Karen Russell

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