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Short story collections to watch out for

An Allergic REaction to National AnthemsRecently published

Comma Press continues its programme of publishing translated stories with Iraqi writer Hassan Blassim's The Madman of Freedom Square, translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright.

Waving at the Gardener is an anthology of the winning 2009 Asham Award short stories published by Bloomsbury.

An Allergic Reaction to National Anthems (Argyll Publishing) is a collection of Donal McLaughlin's Scottish/Northern Irish Liam O' Donnell stories. The Liam stories sit alongside others with more recent and international settings.

Aleksandar Hemon's follow-up to his well-reviewed novel The Lazarus Project is the equally well-reviewed story collection Love and Obstacles (Picador).

Alice Munro's done it again with Too Much Happiness (Chatto & Windus).

Reheated Cabbage (Jonathan Cape) is a collection of Irvine Welsh's stories gathered together from magazines and long-out-of-print anthologies.

My Father's Tears (Hamish Hamilton) is a posthumous collection of stories by John Updike, revisiting themes of love, sex and death

Stone Tree by Gyrdir EliassonComma Press have published some great collections recently: David Constantine's The Shieling, and four translated collections: Stone Tree by Gyrdir Eliasson (Icelandic); Amuse-Bouche by Arnon Grunberg (Dutch); Long Days by Maike Wetzel (German); and I Love You When I'm Drunk by Empar Moliner (Catalan). Find out more about these translated titles

Alaa Al Aswany's Friendly Fire (Fourth Estate); Jeremy Dyson's The Cranes than Built the Cranes (Little, Brown); and Ukrainian (but now living in New York) Sana Krasikov's One More Year (Portobello) ...

Paint a Vulgar Picture (Serpent's Tail) is an anthology of stories inspired by The Smiths' music. Contributors include Scarlett Thomas, Jeff Noon and Helen Walsh.

Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturnes (Faber) This 'story cycle explores ideas of love, music and the passing of time'.

A number of stories by the prolific John Buchan are introduced by Giles Foden in The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and Other Stories. It's a Penguin Modern Classic.

Poet Sean O'Brien has turned his hand to short fiction - The Silence Room is set mainly in a sodden Newcastle upon Tyne (Comma Press).


This autumn Salt will publish a guide to the art of the short story. Short Circuit is a collection of specially commissioned essays and interviews from the winners of short story competitions such as the Bridport Prize, the BBC National Short Story Award, the Commonwealth Prize, Fish International, and many more. As well as being writers, the contributors are also, in the main, experienced teachers of creative writing.

Late October sees the publication of a much-feted debut collection by American writer David Vann. It's called Legend of a Suicide (Viking).
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HarperCollins will publish a selection of Oscar Wilde's short stories in October, introduced by Stephen Fry and featuring illustrations by Nicole Stewart.

November: Presence brings together the stories of Arthur Miller (Bloomsbury); and a handsome two-volume edition of Collected Stories by William Trevor (Penguin).

McSweeney's 31 (Hamish Hamilton) has been 'curated' by Darren Franich and Graham Weatherly: 'We've dug up old genres, dusted them off, and recruited writers to revitalize the ones we thought demanded it.' See the results in November.

Also in November: The Cost of Living, a new anthology of early and uncollected stories by Mavis Gallant, with an introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury).

January 2010 is a busy month for short stories - maybe publishers think our ability to concentrate on anything longer will be shot by then:

> The Suicide Run, a posthumous collection of four fictional/autobiographical stories by the late William Styron (Jonathan Cape)

> The Unspoken Truth, a collection of four fictional/autobiographical stories (Chatto & Windus) by Angelica Garnett

> Xiaolu Guo's Lovers in the Age of Indifference (Chatto & Windus)

> The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories by Mavis Gallant (Bloomsbury)

> Because I am a Girl (Vintage) is an anthology of stories about young women from eight different countries. Contributors include Xiaolu Guo, Henning Mankell and Kathy Lette

> The stories in Jay McInerney's The Last Bachelor (Bloomsbury; pbk) are set in post-9/11 America

> A novella and two stories from Edmund White in Chaos (also Bloomsbury pbk)

> A new edition of Oscar Wilde's Complete Short Stories from Oxford University Press

Hanif Kureishi's Collected Stories (Faber) - March 2010.

Also in March, a few more titles from Oxford University Press: The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and Cousin Phillis and Other Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell .

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