Take a Bite; The Rhys Davies Short Story Award Anthology 2022

I've been in a real reading slump this month. I've started a million (very decent) books and I've only finished the marvellous Still Life. This collection of stories also made it through the mire, because it is a brilliant anthology of writing from authors from, or linked to, Wales. It's really exciting to find new … Continue reading Take a Bite; The Rhys Davies Short Story Award Anthology 2022

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good – Helene Tursten (Translated by Marlaine Delargy)

I spotted this short story collection (and its sequel) over on @oldbookdreamer's Instagram page and loved the title. When my copy arrived, I was even more delighted by the size – it’s pleasingly small, like books were hundreds of years ago, and it’s a beautiful little hardback. And then there’s 88-year-old Maud, who I can’t … Continue reading An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good – Helene Tursten (Translated by Marlaine Delargy)

70 Reviews: 10. A Taste of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl (Pocket Penguins)

This is the second set of short stories I’ve read from the pocket Penguin collection in a week, and I have to confess that, self-confessed literary snob though I am, I preferred the Dahl collection to the Borges. I’d taught The Landlady a couple of times, and so the construction felt more blatant – prior … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 10. A Taste of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl (Pocket Penguins)

I am Heathcliff – edited by Kate Mosse

One of my first blog reviews here was for Reader, I Married Him, a collection of stories inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Since then, I've returned to my childhood copy of an abridged Wuthering Heights, and recently I reviewed The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, a marvellously imaginative take on the Brontë' siblings as … Continue reading I am Heathcliff – edited by Kate Mosse

Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber – vivid retellings of old tales

There’s a knowing playfulness with which Angela Carter handles gothic conventions in her collection of tales in The Bloody Chamber. From the virginal bride in the titular story being carried south to her new husband’s castle, ‘the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through … Continue reading Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber – vivid retellings of old tales