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12 Vintage short story collections to sink into

Looking for intriguing characters, layers of meaning and settings full of depth, but don’t quite have time for a novel? These short fiction collections will sate your narrative appetite, even when you're short on time.

A host of short story collections photographed against a red background

Sometimes life doesn’t give you time for a novel, even when what you desire is intriguing characters, layers of meaning and settings full of depth. At times like these, the short story comes into its own.

These 12 short story collections offer everything you’re looking for from fiction, and can be read from cover to cover in a couple of sittings, or savoured story by story over a longer time, allowing you to dip in when you have some time to spare…

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