The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 2: From John Buchan to Zadie Smith

The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volume From John Buchan to Zadie Smith Hilarious exuberant subtle tender brutal spectacular and above all unexpected these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story This is the first ant

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  • Title: The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 2: From John Buchan to Zadie Smith
  • Author: Philip Hensher
  • ISBN: 9780141396019
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above all unexpected these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story This is the first anthology capacious enough to celebrate the full diversity and energy of its writers, subjects and tones The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnHilarious, exuberant, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular, and above all unexpected these two extraordinary volumes contain the limitless possibilities of the British short story This is the first anthology capacious enough to celebrate the full diversity and energy of its writers, subjects and tones The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnificent stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals The Penguin Book of the British Short Story has a permanent authority, and will be reached for year in and year out.This volume takes the story from the 1920s to the present day.

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    1. If I was the leader of a vicious gang of literary-minded hoodlums (and who’s to say I’m not?) I think number one on tomorrow’s agenda would be to capture Philip Hensher and take him to a safe house and subject him to very rigorous questioning about the many terrible choices he made for this anthology. What’s with this gratingly sexist William Sansom rubbish? I would bawl, from behind my balaclava. Or this tripe from V S Pritchett who you describe as “the greatest of British short story [...]

    2. The trouble with anthologies is that you nearly always disagree about the choices. VS Pritchett yes, but for The Fly in the Ointment or The Fall, not the story chosen here. Likewise, JG Ballard should be represented by the 'Garden of Time', Graham Greene by 'The Destructors' and Ian McEwan by 'Psychopolis.'I don't particularly see why William Boyd and Graham Swift aren't included but a has-been like Martin Amis is, or the ongoing triumph of hype over talent that is Zadie Smith. One hopes, furthe [...]

    3. Had to read this for a prose fiction module and I think I’ve pretty much read all the stories in here. I don’t need it for any of the lectures from now on so I’m taking it off my TBR. Also I really enjoyed the first PG Wodehouse story in here, he was just hilarious. Some of the other stories were weird (The Remains) and some were just weird (Red Gloves I think it was called?) and some were an interesting intro to an author I’ve never read before (the Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith.) [...]

    4. I read a lot of short stories and always make myself read every last story in a collection, no matter how awful. I have now freed myself from this obligation having started this collection! I have decided not to read the boring stories and to abandon those dull ones. I shall do this in future. I am glad I started at the back where I found good stories. I then went to the beginning and am currently floundering in the middle. It is nothing to do with the age of a story but the substance of a story [...]

    5. Awesome and unpredictable selection (though a few more genre authors wouldn't have gone amiss). The caustic author biographies are good, too. Definitley checking out the first volume, too.

    6. A broad survey type anthology such as this can never hope to please everybody and it's always going to be possible to argue the toss about the stories or the authors that haven't been included, but that's part of the fun, and, anyway, it's more fruitful to focus on the book as it stands. For me, this (together with volume one) is an outstanding overview of the short story form in Britain from it's earliest development to the current day. It's given me enormous pleasure, both from revisiting stor [...]

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