K J Orr’s short story credentials are impressive, she’s been published in many literary magazines I admire and won the BBC Short Story Prize in 2016. This is her first collection of short stories but I doubt it will be her last.

She is a writer of skill and confidence, deftly handling her subjects with lightness and precision: they vary from Russian...

To me Lydia Davis is a writer of contradictions: her deceptively minimalist short stories (some are a page long, some are just two lines long) contain both complex explorations of language and flippant funny observations. Read Lydia Davis in the wrong mood and you will be left asking what the big fuss is about, stories like Cows can seem almost dul...

There’s a short story in this collection, Smote (or When I Find I Cannot Kiss You In Front Of A Print By Bridget Riley) that is so brilliant, so filled with emotion and wit and feeling that when I finished it I had to put the book down and not read anything else that day to let its full effect sink in.

Eley Williams clearly loves words and language,...

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