Short stories you can read in under ten minutes

30 March 2016

Love to read but short on time? There’s no excuse to not squeeze one of these stories from some of Picador's most exciting writers into your busy schedule.

 

The Not-Dead and The Saved and Other Stories

The Not-Dead and The Saved and Other Stories

'Aunt Mirrie and the Child'
From Kate Clanchy’s The Not-Dead and the Saved and Other Stories

‘Here are female relationships in all their envy, jealousy, anger, ambition and fear . . . mitigated by wit and energy.’  Independent 

In the sixteen stories of The Not-Dead and The Saved, Kate Clanchy turns her clear gaze and remarkable honesty on what it means to be a mother or a child; to struggle alone; to seek comfort in love; to be present; to be sane.

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Collected Stories

Collected Stories

'Comet'
From James Salter’s Collected Stories

‘James Salter is a master of the great American short story’ The Times

James Salter is one of the finest writers of our time. The stories in this collection concern men and women in their most intimate moments, struggling with loss, desire, or the burden of memory. 

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Love and Obstacles

Love and Obstacles

'Good Living'
From Aleksander Hemon’s Love and Obstacles

‘Eccentric, witty and alive with compassion’   Observer

From Sarajevo to the darkest heart of Africa, deepest Slovenia, and the melting pot of Chicago, this brilliant and restlessly inventive collection is shot through with humour and truth – found in the most surprising of places.

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The Making of Zombie Wars

The Making of Zombie Wars

If you fancy something a bit longer, Aleksandar Hemon's long-awaited novel, The Making of Zombie Wars is out now! 

Script idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancĂ©e of the main character, who has to find a way to a remote planet to save her. Title: Love Trek.

Script idea #185: Teenager discovers his girlfriend's beloved grandfather was a guard in a Nazi death camp. The boy's grandparents are survivors, but he's tantalizingly close to achieving deflowerment, so when a Nazi-hunter arrives in town in pursuit of Grandpa, he has to distract him long enough to get laid. A riotous Holocaust comedy. Title: The Righteous Love.

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