Tinder Press Recommends: Short Story Collections

August 24, 2017

Today we publish a stunning collection of short stories, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY, from ‘master storyteller’ (Independent) Lesley Nneka Arimah. To celebrate, we have gathered here our recommendations of the best examples of the genre. Do tell us your own below!

‘I have so many. I love the stories of Mavis Gallant, Ian McEwan, Jayne Anne Phillips, Katherine Mansfield, DH Lawrence, Adam Mars-Jones and Helen Simpson among many others. Stories are such a treasure trove of human emotion, and they open your eyes to lives around the corner, as well as around the world. And you can savour them and sift through them again and again. Perfection’ Imogen Taylor

‘I’m going to pick Stefan Zweig, and The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig (translated by Anthea Bell) published by Pushkin Press. I discovered his writing when I read ‘A Chess Story’, one of the most compelling novellas I’ve ever read; Zweig examines the human condition and the power of the mind, as well as challenging the engagement of extremist views – in this case Nazism – which seems apt at the moment. (Zweig, born to an Austrian-Jewish family, was living in exile at the time of writing ‘A Chess Story’, during WWII)’ Katie Brown

‘Not the most cheerful collection, the characters in We Live In Water face a litany of misfortunes, and there’s little redemption – but every story is unexpectedly moving. Jess Walter’s writing is stylish but efficient, and he has such a convincing and humorous ear for dialogue. I still think about these stories occasionally, despite not having read them for years’ Joe Yule

‘One of the most haunting, affecting pieces of literature I have read is Daphne Du Maurier’s The Birds and Other Stories. Unique, bleak and intensely evocative, those stories have stayed with me in the ten plus years since I first read them’ Amy Perkins

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