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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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Lisa Blower’s favourite short story

  • 11th December 2020

The British author Lisa Blower on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

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Gerry McKeague ’s favourite short story

  • 4th December 2020

The Northern Irish author Gerry McKeague on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan

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Tahmima Anam’s favourite short story

  • 27th November 2020

The Bangladeshi-born British writer author Tahmima Anam on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore

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Jonny Geller’s favourite short story

  • 26th November 2020

The literary agent Jonny Geller on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Gimpel the Fool, by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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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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