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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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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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Sarah Waters’ favourite short story

  • 17th July 2020

The Welsh novelist Sarah Waters on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter

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Anthony Doerr’s favourite short story

  • 17th July 2020

The American novelist Anthony Doerr on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Meneseteung, by Alice Munro

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Kate Mosse’s favourite short story

  • 12th July 2020

The English novelist Kate Mosse on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Lady’s Maid’s Bell, by Edith Wharton

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Mark Haddon’s favourite short story

  • 12th July 2020

The English novelist Mark Haddon on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Werner, by Jo Ann Beard

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Colm Tóibín’s favourite short story

  • 5th July 2020

The Irish writer Colm Tóibín on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Country Funeral by John McGahern

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Yiyun Li’s favourite short story

  • 5th July 2020

The Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Piano Tuner's Wives by William Trevor

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