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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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Jonathan Tel’s favourite short story

  • 11th September 2020

The British author Jonathan Tel on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – My Dead Brother Comes to America by Alexander Godin

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Danielle McLaughlin’s favourite short story

  • 4th September 2020

The Irish author Danielle McLaughlin on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Now More Than Ever, by Zadie Smith

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Courtney Zoffness’s favourite short story

  • 28th August 2020

The American author Courtney Zoffness on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Alief, by Bryan Washington

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Nicholas Petty’s favourite short story

  • 21st August 2020

The British author Nicholas Petty on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower

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Ingrid Persaud’s favourite short story

  • 14th August 2020

The Trinidad and Tobago-born Ingrid Persaud on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado

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Joanna Trollope’s favourite short story

  • 7th August 2020

The English writer Joanna Trollope on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Hunt by Emma Donoghue

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AL Kennedy’s favourite short story

  • 31st July 2020

The Scottish writer AL Kennedy on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Why Don't You Dance? by Raymond Carver

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Kevin Barry’s favourite short story

  • 31st July 2020

The Irish writer Kevin Barry on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Things As They Are, by VS Pritchett

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Elizabeth Strout’s favourite short story

  • 24th July 2020

The American novelist Elizabeth Strout on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Mrs Silly by William Trevor

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Allegra Goodman’s favourite short story

  • 24th July 2020

The American author Allegra Goodman on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter

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