This week we look at books read and reviewed, discover some of the best writing about literature on the blogosphere, announce Daphne du Maurier reading week, pause for a podcast and highlight fascinating features from across the Internet.
A splendidly inventive collection of short stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be both, winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize and the Costa Novel Award.
A collection of Franz Kafka’s short stories showcasing his dark imagination and wry humour.
Collaborative book blogging: my contribution to the 1944 Club.
A comprehensive checklist of Margaret Atwood’s publications from 1961 to the present day.
A necessarily brief review (I’m posting this from a sandy beach in Cyprus) of a dark but inventive short story collection set on 15th August 1945 – the day Japan surrendered and the Second World War formerly ended.
We look at an anthology of short stories written on themes of community and hope by a mix of the UK’s best known writers and previously unpublished authors, whose pieces were chosen by Kathy Burke from over 250 entries.
Collaborative book blogging: My last minute contribution to the 1977 Club.
A House of Pomegranates is a collection of whimsical short stories by Oscar Wilde.
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection has marked her out as an effervescent talent in fermentation.
There are no weak parts to Helen Garner’s collection – it is simply that some stories are more brilliant than others.