Book review: Best British Short Stories 2013, Edited by Nicholas Royle
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 02 August 2013
This annual feast satisfies again. Its score of stories never need shout, or pose, in order to transform everyday life. As Anneliese Mackintosh has it ("Doctors"), "writing doesn't have to be like a million fireworks all going off at once".
No, but over the short haul it has to smoulder and flame, as Lesley Glaister, Adam Marek, MJ Hyland, Charles Boyle and others here confirm. Time and again, in Royle's crafty editorial hands, closely observed normality yields (as Nikesh Shukla's spear-fisher grasps) to the things we "cannot control".BT
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