Manchester Happened – Jennifer Makumbi
Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.
Orange World – Karen Russell
Karen Russell’s comedic genius and mesmerising talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner lives are on display in these exuberant, unforgettable stories. Stories of survival, love and of surreal and magnificent transformation, even in their darkness, these stories give us an escape. This is haunting and beautiful work from one of America’s most gifted writers.
What Happened? – Hanif Kureishi
Comic, dark and insightful, What Happened? is Hanif Kureishi’s new collection of essays and fiction. No topic is too fringe or too mainstream for this insatiable-and much-loved-author.What Happened? is as much about the very fact of Kureishi’s catholic appetite for culture as his observations and insights themselves, and any new book in his oeuvre is a justification for celebration.
Prayer for the Living – Ben Okri
Playful, frightening, even shocking the stories in this collection blur the lines between illusion and reality. This is a writer at the height of his power, making the reader think, making them laugh, and sometimes making them want to look away while holding their gaze.
McSweeneys 21st Anniverary: Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something
It’s a great undertaking to raise a humor website from infancy to full-fledged adulthood, but with the right editors, impeccable taste, and a dire political landscape, your site will enjoy years of relevance and comic validation. Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something is a coming-of-age celebration of the pioneering website, featuring brand-new pieces and classics by some of today’s best humor writers, like Ellie Kemper, Wendy Molyneux, Jesse Eisenberg, Tim Carvell, Karen Chee, Colin Nissan, Megan Amram, John Moe, and many more.
Red Apple Dreams & Other Stories – Siphiwo Mahala
This vibrant compilation blends fresh and classic stories by Siphiwo Mahala into an intertextual feast – in which he and guest contributors showcase and respond to time-honored works by Can Themba, James Matthews and Njabulo Ndebele. The resulting chorus of voices, conducted with flair, makes for an essential addition to the library of every lover of African literature.
The Best American Short Stories 2019 – Anthony Doerr
The year’s best stories are a diverse, addictive group exploring everything from America’s rich rural culture to its online teen culture to the fragile nature of the therapist-client relationship. This astonishing collection brings together the realistic and dystopic, humor and terror. The Best American Short Stories 2019 includes Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Jamel Brinkley, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ursula K. Le Guin, Manuel Muñoz, Sigrid Nunez, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Jim Shepherd, Weike Wang, and others.
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
Traumatised by ghost stories in her youth, Pulitzer Prize winning author Edith Wharton (1862 -1937) channelled her fear and obsession into creating a series of spine-tingling tales filled with spirits beyond the grave and other supernatural phenomena. In this unique collection of finely wrought tales Wharton demonstrates her mastery of the ghost story genre.
Grand Union – Zadie Smith
Interweaving eleven completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.