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Best British Short Stories: 2017

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by Royle, Nicholas
The nation's favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its seventh year. Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover - or more accurately, by its title. This new series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. The editor's brief is wide ranging, covering anthologies, collections, ...
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How To Be a Kosovan Bride

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by Hamill, Naomi
How to be a Kosovan Bride opens up something entirely new to the reader: the history, culture and stories of one of the newest countries in the world. It weaves together Albanian folktale, stories of Kosovan experience of the war in 1999 and a look into the lives of modern-day Kosovan women. The dark undercurrent of Albanian blood feuds underpins a story about the impact of war and the way that new life can...
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In the Absence of Absalon

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by Okotie, Simon
In the Absence of Absalon revolves around an unnamed investigator, a set of keys and a townhouse. He is investigating a series of disappearances: of his colleague, Marguerite; of Harold Absalon, the Mayor's transport advisor, whose disappearance Marguerite had been investigating prior to his own disappearance; of Richard Knox, the owner of the townhouse, who had fallen out with Absalon before disappearing; ...
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The Photographer

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by Ziervogel, Meike
Meike Ziervogel's new novel celebrates how humanity can thrive against all odds. Set at the end of the Second World War when eleven million Germans fled from east to west, The Photographer explores love and survival in a time of mass migration. Pomerania, 1933: Trude falls in love with Albert, a young photographer who takes her picture in the street. Her mother disapproves, and when war breaks out she ar...
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Trio: Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems

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by Gee, Sue
Northumberland: the winter of 1937. In a remote moorland cottage, Steven Coulter, a young history teacher, is filled with sadness and longing at the death of his wife. Through a charismatic colleague, Frank Embleton, and Frank's sister, Diana, he is drawn into the beguiling world of a group of musicians, and falls gradually under their spell. But as war approaches a decision is made which calls all their li...
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The Other World, it Whispers

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by Victoire, Stephanie
From the secrets of the forest, to the magic of the sea, these nine stories tell of what happens when passion, desire, loneliness and imprisonment lead us on a search for freedom and empowerment - no matter what the cost. A woman makes a deal with gods and goddesses in order to bring a slanderous town down to its knees, a man who has lost everything finds himself in the graveyards of Paris, turning to dark ...
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Rooted in Dishonour

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by James, Christina
The fifth novel in the DI Yates series Eighteen-year-old Ayesha Verma disappears from her home in Spalding just a few days after her parents have introduced her to the cousin they've arranged for her to marry. There has been a nation-wide police campaign to raise awareness of 'honour killings'. Conditioned by this, DI Tim Yates and Superintendent Thornton are convinced that Ayesha has been murdered for ref...
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Stanlys Ghost

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by Mohamed, Stefan
Cynical, solitary Stanly Bird used to be a fairly typical teenager - unless you count the fact that his best friend was a talking beagle named Daryl. Then came the superpowers. And the superpowered allies. And the mysterious enemies. And the terrifying monsters. And the stunning revelations. And the apocalypse. Now he's not sure what he is. Or where he is. Or how exactly one is supposed to proceed after sav...
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The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times

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by Brooks, Xan
New Faces of Fiction 2017, Observer Observer Fiction to look out for in 2017 The Irish Times What To Look Out for in 2017 from Independent Publishers Jen Campbell's 'Most Anticipated Books of 2017' Jean Bookish Thoughts 'Most Anticipated Releases of 2017' A dark social-realist fairytale, spotlighting the shadowy underside of 1920s England Summer 1923: the modern world. Orphaned Lucy Marsh climbs into ...
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The Many

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by Menmuir, Wyl
Timothy Buchannan buys an abandoned house on the edge of an isolated village on the coast, sight unseen. When he sees the state of it he questions the wisdom of his move, but starts to renovate the house for his wife, Lauren to join him there. When the villagers see smoke rising from the chimney of the neglected house they are disturbed and intrigued by the presence of the incomer, intrigue that begins to ...
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Best British Short Stories: 2016

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by Royle, Nicholas
The nation's favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its sixth year. Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover - or more accurately, by its title. This new series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. The editor's brief is wide ranging, covering anthologies, collections, ma...
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Death and the Seaside

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by Moore, Alison
With an abandoned degree behind her and a thirtieth birthday approaching, amateur writer Bonnie Falls moves out of her parents' home into a nearby flat. Her landlady, Sylvia Slythe, takes an interest in Bonnie, encouraging her to finish one of her stories, in which a young woman moves to the seaside, where she comes under strange influences. As summer approaches, Sylvia suggests to Bonnie that, as neither o...
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Bodies of Water: Working Progress, Working Title: Automystifstical Plaice

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by Leslie, V. H.
After ministering to fallen women in Victorian London, Evelyn has suffered a nervous breakdown and finds herself treated by the Water Doctors in the imposing Wakewater House, a hydropathy sanatorium. Years later, Wakewater House is renovated into modern apartments and Kirsten moves in, fresh from a break up and eager for the restorative calm of the Thames. But her archivist neighbour, Manon, fills her head...
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The Bitter Sixteen

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by Mohamed, Stefan
Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize for new writers A Times Children's Book of the Week A Guardian Top Teen Read of 2015 "Happy birthday, Stanly. We hope you like your present..." Cynical, solitary Stanly Bird is a fairly typical teenager - unless you count the fact that his best friend is a talking beagle named Daryl, and that he gained the powers of flight and telekinesis when he turned sixteen. Unfortu...
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The Lighthouse

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by Alison Moore
The Man Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry. The recently-separated middle-aged Futh stands on the blustery deck en route to Germany ahead of a rejuvenating walking holiday.
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The Best British Short Stories 2013

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by ROYLE, NICHOLAS
The third in a landmark series of annual anthologies, "The Best British Short Stories 2013" brings you the best of short fiction, by British writers, first published in 2012. These stories first appeared in magazines from "Stand" to "Granta", in anthologies across various genres from publishers big and small, and in authors' own short story collections. They were broadcast on radio and delivered by mobile p...
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Dead of Winter

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by Brightwell, Gerri
A fast-paced, darkly funny crime novel set in Interior Alaska that follows down-on-his-luck cabbie, Mike Fisher, as he searches for his daughter. Her step-father has been shot in her bathroom, and Fisher thinks she killed him and fled. In a panic he tries to hide the body, but that's not easy when it's fifty-below outside. Things get dangerously complicated when it turns out step-dad was part of a local mil...
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Ace of Spiders

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by Mohamed, Stefan
Stanly is frustrated. Having set himself up as London's protector, he's finding that the everyday practicalities of superheroism are challenging at best, and downright tedious at worst. So it's almost a relief when an attempt is made on his life and Stanly finds himself rushing headlong into a twisted adventure, with enemies new and old coming out of the woodwork. However, even with his friends and his ever...
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How to Fare Well and Stay Fair

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by Adnan Mahmutovic
Inside this book bursts a kaleidoscope of characters in historical settings from the Balkans to Scandinavia, which they seek to escape, fit in, or change. Following a few female leads after they leave war-torn Bosnia, this book compresses simmering emotions ranging from loss, fear, love, hate, revenge, displacement, regret, humor, and hope. Almasa, the main character in most stories, is feisty and funny, an...
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Whatever Happened To Harold Absalon

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by OKOTIE, SIMON
Harold Absalon, the Mayor's Transport Advisor, has gone missing. Down-at-heel detective Marguerite is trying to find him. Aware that his every action is being monitored by those reading the novel, Marigold's mind and world is at constant risk of disintegration. Disturbed by attempts to understand himself and the nature of the objects he encounters, Marguerite's minute and comically digressive inquiries thre...
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