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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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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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Alison MacLeod’s favourite short story

  • 30th October 2020

The Canadian-British author Alison MacLeod on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Good Country People, by Flannery O'Connor

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Richard Lambert’s favourite short story

  • 23rd October 2020

The British author Richard Lambert on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol

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Wendy Erskine’s favourite short story

  • 16th October 2020

The Irish author Wendy Erskine on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The New Villa by Anton Chekov

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Sinéad Gleeson’s favourite short story

  • 9th October 2020

The Irish author Sinéad Gleeson on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – People Like that Are The Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk, by Lorrie Moore

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Anna Metcalfe’s favourite short story

  • 2nd October 2020

The British author Anna Metcalfe on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Extra by Yiyun Li

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Rion Amilcar Scott’s favourite short story

  • 25th September 2020

The American author Rion Amilcar Scott on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Recitatif by Toni Morrison

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Alecia McKenzie’s favourite short story

  • 18th September 2020

The Jamaican author Alecia McKenzie on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Limbo Island by Merle Hodge

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