After the success of the BBC’s 500 words competition, the short story is clearly flavour of the month.
So to honour the return of the short story, I know, I know, it’s never really gone away, here are some suggestions for its great exponents.
Probably his best collection is “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”.
Many of these offered up a twisted take on the everyday, although he was at his best when he looked to the future, mixing ordinary life with bright flights of fancy. A perfect example of these are contained in collection of stories that revolve around the desert town of Vermillion Sands, populated by misfits, singing plants and houses that have emotional memories.
There are a number of Wooster & Jeeves stories, however equally as entertaining is “Blandings Castle and Elsewhere” which follow the trials and tribulations of Lord Emsworth, his beloved pig Empress of Blandings (multiple winner of the fat pig competition), and his less beloved family.
Any short story collections you’d like to add?