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Ross Jeffery’s Best Books Read in 2019

It’s been a busy year again here at STORGY and I’ve been reading everything and everything yet again – from the big hitting publishers to the brave publishing of Independent Presses (which are putting out some astonishing works of late) to some self published works. Not to mention the hundreds of short stories I’ve read

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Best Books 2019 by Emily Harrison

It’s a neat little ritual, thinking about the best books I’ve read over the last year. It’s also hard to whittle it down to a manageable list. It’s also hard to remember what I’ve read half the time. With that in mind, perhaps the list then writes itself – if I can remember it, then

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The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout

Despite having more access to information than ever before, there are some topics which the West cannot seem to grasp. One of these is the history of, and current situation in Palestine, a misunderstood and often-overlooked nation. We frequently hear shocking developments and benign platitudes from the mouths of politicians and newsreaders, yet become bored,

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The Dressing-Up Box by David Constantine

What you can be guaranteed with David Constantine is a fabulous story, masterfully told – and this can be said for his latest offering The Dressing-Up Box – which left me enraptured and stunned at the sheer brilliance on show. Comma Press are a publisher whom I love, they continue to churn out top quality

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 Anthology by Various

In the introduction to The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 broadcaster and chair of judges Nikki Bedi writes… ‘short stories are not a warm up for the ‘real thing’ as some would have us believe. They are gifts of concision, they demand one’s total attention’. As an ardent fan of short fiction – more

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Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun – translated from Arabic by Elizabeth Jaquette

This slim collection of short stories published by Comma Press is probably the first ever collection of short stories by a Sudanese woman to be translated into English. That ‘probably’ is telling: here is a literary culture so marginalised in the west that no one can say with complete certainty whether any similar books have

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Cairo edited by Raph Cormack

Comma Press are known for their short story anthologies, especially those centred around cities. Previous collections include The Book of Istanbul and The Book of Tokyo, amongst many others. May 2019 sees the release of The Book of Cairo. As you might have guessed, this is an anthology of short stories which are all, in

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Tehran – Edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi

A new addition to their award-winning Reading the City Series, The Book of Tehran from Comma Press (edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi) is a beautiful, insightful peek into a lesser-explored area of the world and the literature that such a diverse and troubled city can produce. A selection of Iran’s best known writers merge together into

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BEST BOOKS: Ross Jeffery’s Best Books Read in 2018

Our head of books has been rather busy this year and has had a remarkable turnover of reviews. Reading everything that has come his way, from the big publishers to many a independent press and so we feel he’s the guy to talk to you about his best books of 2018 – or the year

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Uncanny Edited by Sarah Eyre & Ra Page

Right, straight off the bat – this collection is insanely fucking good! Now I have got that off my chest…to showcase the type of brilliance you will be getting here lets take a small interlude of Ra Page’s introduction to The New Uncanny. In his famous essay of 1919 – the reason we’re all here

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