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The Wild Cherry Tree

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (October 18, 2016)

First published in 1968, The Wild Cherry Tree is a late collection of ten tales including comic vignettes, a humorous celebration of the sensual life, and several explorations of love, loneliness, and problematic...


The Four Beauties

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (October 06, 2016)

First published in 1968, The Four Beauties is Bates's last collection of novellas offering a mixture of comedy, adventure, a semi-autobiographical piece and an exploration of a dark love triangle.

'The Simple...


The Yellow Meads of Asphodel

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (September 08, 2016)

Published posthumously in 1976, these stories include some familiar characters and scenarios, as well as an uncharacteristic vignette portraying urban hooligans.

The title story, 'The Yellow Meads of Asphodel',...


An Aspidistra in Babylon

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (August 02, 2016)

First published in 1960, this collection of four novellas continue Bates's sensitive, often witty, explorations of unhappy love.

The title story, 'An Aspidistra in Babylon', is a reminiscence of a girl's loss...


Death of a Huntsman

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (July 05, 2016)

In his second collection of novellas, first published in 1957, Bates tackles bitter romantic deceptions and love triangles in what the Times Literary Supplement calls 'Mr Bates at his best.'

In 'Night Run to...


Colonel Julian and Other Stories

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (June 07, 2016)

Colonel Julian and Other Stories was Bates's first collection following World War II, containing stories he wrote between 1941 and 1951.

The New York Times called the collection 'distinguished...Mr. Bates avoids...


The Golden Oriole

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (June 07, 2016)

In this collection of five novellas, Bates contrasts two comic stories with the atmospheric title story, and includes a complex psychological tale alongside the romantically bleak.

'The Golden Oriole' features...


Cut and Come Again

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2016)

H.E. Bates's fifth collection is a sparkling body of work full of stories of childhood. Geoffrey West observed the collection overall as "bright with life, with individuals alive and interacting, and with the...


Gods and Angels

by David Park Bloomsbury Publishing (May 05, 2016)

A seventeen-year-old boy visits his estranged mother on Boxing Day in a grey seaside town; a University lecturer falls in with a group of older men who inhabit a very different world while trying to learn how...


Seven Tales of Sex and Death

by Patricia Duncker Bloomsbury Publishing (April 21, 2016)

Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwoven stories explore obsession, violence, and the thin line between sex and death. Under a Mediterranean sun a man searches for the Temple of Zeus as his...


The Complete Uncle Silas Stories

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (April 14, 2016)

Bates's famous loveable rogue, Uncle Silas, has a unique range of work to his name. For the first time, all of these stories are gathered together in one collection, allowing readers to experience Silas from...


The Flying Goat

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (March 15, 2016)

The Flying Goat (Jonathan Cape, 1939) features sixteen diverse stories from slapstick sketches to portraits of marital tension; one Uncle Silas tale; and three that hark back to Bates's boyhood roots.

'A Funny...


The Beauty of the Dead and Other Stories

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (March 15, 2016)

The Beauty of the Dead (Jonathan Cape, 1940) featuring fifteen stories, was released to critical acclaim. Pamela Hansford Johnson wrote in John O'London's Weekly that "all have that delicate luminosity by which...


The Bride Comes to Evensford

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (January 12, 2016)

The Bride Comes to Evensford, a novella first published in 1943, follows a woman from her arrival in a small town (modelled on Bates's native Rushden) to her work for a draper, her marriage to him, her increasing...


Something Short and Sweet

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (January 12, 2016)

Something Short and Sweet, H. E. Bates's sixth collection first published in 1937, demonstrates his mastery of character and form. Richard Church, writing in John O'London's Weekly, stated that this collection...


The Daffodil Sky

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (December 08, 2015)

The Daffodil Sky, first published in 1955 (Michael Joseph), mixes eclectic characters travelling to foreign lands with poetic treatments of rural life in Bates's Northamptonshire.

'A Place in the Heart' is set...


With Kisses on Both Cheeks

by Elizabeth Kata Bloomsbury Publishing (October 13, 2015)

The 1960s were a time of contrasts; of a younger generation resisting the constrictive attitudes of their parents, and parents looking on with incredulity at their children's liberal ideals and alien lifestyles....


The Wedding Party

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (September 15, 2015)

The Wedding Party, first published in 1965 (Michael Joseph), is a collection of short stories evoking both the dark and light, and the comedy and tragedy in human nature. Bates employs a deceptive delicateness...


The Woman Who Had Imagination

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (July 28, 2015)

The Woman Who Had Imagination, H.E. Bates's fourth volume of stories, first published in 1934 (Jonathan Cape), is a fascinating collection of contrasts. The stories combine elements of realism and poetry, beauty...


The Watercress Girl

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (June 25, 2015)

Stories about children are not always for children. In The Watercress Girl, H. E. Bates masterfully depicts a childhood which, by proxy, reveals the mystifying world of the adult. Through a series of short,...


Day's End and Other Stories

by H.E. Bates Bloomsbury Publishing (May 14, 2015)

Day's End and Other Stories, H. E. Bates's first short story collection published in 1928 when he was just 23, depicts the rural lives of quirky characters cast in his distinctive, beautifully drawn style.

Each...


Acknowledgments

by Martin Edwards Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2014)

Martin Edward's 'Acknowledgments' is the winning story of the Crime Writers' Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, 2014. Julia Jones, one of the founders and judges of the competition, called...


The Secret Sharer

by Joseph Conrad & Peter Fudakowski Bloomsbury Publishing (May 12, 2014)

Atlantic. All its phases were familiar enough to me, every characteristic, all the alternatives which were likely to face me on the high seas-everything! except the novel responsibility of command. But I took...


Under Two Skies

by E.W. Hornung Bloomsbury Publishing (January 23, 2014)

From the grit of the Australian bush to the tangled traditions of cultivated English society, Under Two Skies is truly a lost literary treasure. The contrasting communities in these collected short stories of...


Winter Orchard and Other Stories

by Josephine Johnson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 17, 2013)

This collection of twenty-two short stories was first published in 1936, a year after Josephine Johnson won a Pulitzer Prize for her debut novel Now in November. Some of these stories were published previously...


The Dark Traveler

by Josephine Johnson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 17, 2013)

The passionate man who loves with strength and lives with violence...

The silent, lonely boy who exists in a world of strange loves and longings...

The evil, terrifying creature of the night, which destroys as...


No Love Lost

by Margery Allingham Bloomsbury Publishing (August 08, 2013)

Comprising of two short novellas, The Patient at Peacock's Hall and Safer than Love, No Love Lost is a thrilling work of suspense.

In The Patient at Peacock's Hall a young female doctor, struggling to save the...


A Pocketful of Rye

by Anthony Masters Bloomsbury Publishing (July 18, 2013)

First published in 1964, Anthony Masters' early collection of short stories , A Pocketful of Rye, is preoccupied with problems of social marginalisation and inequality. With his typical sensitivity, Masters...


Which reminded her, later

by Jon McGregor Bloomsbury Publishing (June 03, 2013)

Each story in this series offers a poignant glimpse of family life ? the ties we cling to; the ties we try to sever; and the ties that make us who we are. Told from a myriad of perspectives, from a dazzling...


The Mathematics of Friedrich Gauss

by D. W. Wilson Bloomsbury Publishing (June 03, 2013)

Each story in this series offers a poignant glimpse of family life Â? the ties we cling to; the ties we try to sever; and the ties that make us who we are. Told from a myriad of perspectives, from a dazzling...


A Suitcase Between Friends

by Douglas Hurd Bloomsbury Publishing (April 02, 2013)

Five hard-hitting short stories and a political essay inspired by Douglas Hurd's visit to Sarajevo in 1992. All demonstrate preoccupations with the world tensions of the nineties, observed by Hurd's acute political...


The Spanish Virgin

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (September 12, 2012)

A favourite collection of short stories from the revered V. S. Pritchett


Mother and Son

by Ivy Compton-Burnett Bloomsbury Publishing (August 31, 2012)

The exacting Miranda's search for a suitable companion brings her family into contact with a very different kind of household, raising a plenitude of questions about the ability to manage alone, the difficulties...


Sir Pompey And Madame Juno

by Martin Armstrong Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Since his volume of short stories, The Bazaar, Martin Armstrong has written two novels, The Goat and Compasses and Desert. This new volume of tales show, however, that he had no intention of abandoning the short...


A Careless Widow and Other Stories

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

First published in 1989, here is England's leading man of letters-as old as the century-at the height of his powers, the incomparable V. S. Pritchett, whose brilliantly observed short stories have become classics...


Monday Lunch in Fairyland and Other Stories

by Angela Huth Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

This is a sparkling collection of short stories, dealing with love, loss and the tiny happenings that make up our everyday experience. Her most brilliant stories are about successful couples who own comfortable...


In My Good Books

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

In Mr. Pritchett's view, rules, regulations and blitzes have brought things to such a pass that the moment will come when only the reader "and the hundred best authors are left in the world and have somehow...


My Place in the Bazaar

by Alec Waugh Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

First published in 1961, this collection of Thirteen stories has been compiled as Alec Waugh looked back over his career as an author, and takes from his writing those which he feels are amongst his most personal...


Love and Money

by Phyllis Bentley Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

A collection of seven short stories, from the master of regional fiction, Phyllis Bentley.

A native of Yorkshire, Bentley elegantly captures the essence of a simple rural life in her words, while expressing the...


Another Kind of Cinderella and Other Stories

by Angela Huth Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1996, this collection of stories tells of the ghost of a doomed romance haunting an Oxford undergraduate's idyllic summer affair; a tragedy of hopeless love and murderous frustration is played...


Bloodstock and Other Stories

by Margaret Irwin Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1953, the first five stories in this collection are stories from Ireland, exploring the dark history of the country and the dogged optimism of its people.

The following four tales are of the...


Irish Portraits

by Liam O'Flaherty Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

From vicious rival brothers to desperate single mothers, frisky newlyweds to frigid life partners, Patrick McGinley covers all kinds of Irish (or simply human) relationship in this collection of short stories....


The Goose Girl and Other Stories

by Eric Linklater Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Eric Linklater was one of the most respected and prolific Scottish writers of this century, yet more than twenty-five years have passed since his last collection of short stories was published.

This selection...


Late Night on Watling Street

by Bill Naughton Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In this collection of stories, Bill Naughton portrays a selection of characters, including truck drivers, Irish itinerants and lamp lighters, in his inimitable pithy style. While each tale can be enjoyed on...