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The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist Collection 2019

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Diverse and moving, these six outstanding stories are meditations on grief and loss, love, communication and loneliness.  Each one will take the reader on a brief yet unforgettable journey into private worlds and unexpected corners of the human heart.

The shortlisted stories have all been chosen for this year's Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award - the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story, dubbed the 'equivalent of the Man Booker for the short story' by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The finalists of 2019 come from three continents, whose exceptional stories span such diverse territory as high end fashion, the Troubles, a disastrous poetry anthology cross-cultural romance and family secrets. But all are linked by their competence and artistry, through stylistic inventiveness, dark humour, intricacy, and a masterful formal control.

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©2018 Joe Dunthorne, Paul Dalla Rosa, Louise Kennedy, Kevin Barry, 2019 Danielle McLaughlin, Emma Cline (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

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Beyond brilliant, I am craving for happy ending yet sit sombre with the reality of it all.

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  • Ms R. E. Moody
  • 06-11-2019

And the winner is...

I do hope that the first story wins. Absolute perfect example of the best of short story writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-2019

My mum, gran and all her friends will love these!

My mum, gran and all her friends will love these!
Recommended if you’re female and on the mature side.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 28-10-2019

Such nonsense!

This collection, which I admit to discarding, really makes me worry for the quality of the future of the book industry!

So far I have struggled through three of the stories, I get the impression that there is a lot of 'the Emperor's new clothes' here. The writers are thinking how clever they are, and the judges want to be seen as 'forward thinking and also clever and insightful'

Frankly the tales are just plain daft, some are vulgar, and it is insulting to anyone who has a modicum of common sense that they are being presented as the best of current offerings.

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  • Bridget Whelan
  • 27-10-2019

A Compelling Collection


A master class in storytelling and a reminder that remarkably little has to happen in stories that live in your memory long after the last syllable has been spoken.

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