We love a short story here at Picador and we're honoured to publish some true masters of the form.

In celebration of our wonderful short story writers, we've made seven brilliant stories from some of the best collections of the year available for you to read right now.  

Read ‘The Family Whistle’ from Legoland


Read 'Teenage Punk' from A Manual for Cleaning Women


Read ‘Aunt Mirrie and the Child’ from The Not-Dead

Read 'Don't Worry Baby' from The Fat Artist

Read ‘Lakelands’ from Your Father Sends His Love


Start reading ‘‘sorry’ doesn’t sweeten her tea’ from What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Read ‘Rainwater’ from Beneath the Bonfire