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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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Gráinne Murphy’s favourite short story

  • 26th August 2021

Gráinne Murphy on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Starlight on Idaho, by Denis Johnson

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Susannah Dickey’s favourite short story

  • 12th August 2021

Susannah Dickey on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Universal Story, by Ali Smith

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Mark Jude Poirier’s favourite short story

  • 5th August 2021

Mark Jude Poirier on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Legend of Pig-Eye, by Rick Bass

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Laura Demers’ favourite short story

  • 29th July 2021

Laura Demers on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Ordinary Sins, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

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Rachael Fulton’s favourite short story

  • 22nd July 2021

Rachael Fulton on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Birdie, by Lauren Groff

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Jonathan Gibbs’ favourite short story

  • 15th July 2021

Jonathan Gibbs on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Heavy Weather, by Helen Simpson

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Rabih Alameddine’s favourite short story

  • 9th July 2021

Rabih Alameddine on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Hands, by Sherwood Anderson

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Nicole Flattery’s favourite short story

  • 1st July 2021

Nicole Flattery on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Rafe’s Coat, by Deborah Eisenberg

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Lisa Taddeo’s favourite short story

  • 24th June 2021

Lisa Taddeo on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Wants, by Grace Paley

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Felicia Yap’s favourite short story

  • 17th June 2021

Felicia Yap on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Terrors Of Basket-Weaving, by Patricia Highsmith

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