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  • [An] ingenious and entertaining collection... the stories could not be more varied in tone and approach, from Colm Tóibín’s beautifully measured “Silence” Amit Chaudhuri’s bouncily rhythmical “Wensleydale”...the individuality of the entries does not preclude entertainment – there is much playfulness and not a little comedy here

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Wonderful short stories...It is fascinating to see how familiar writers such as Colm Tóibín, Rose Tremain, Tessa Hadley and Lynn Truss match their own style to quintessentially Jamesian themes: a father who isn’t who he appeared to be; a ghostly reminder of past loss; an affair that never quite caught fire. Each story is different, but the hand of the master is clearly detectable throughout, a gentle guide that shapes the telling.

    Irish Times
  • In this volume, the appreciation of his unwritten tales by eleven fine contemporary authors pays handsome dividends

    Sydney Review of Books
  • The short story should be a gem of bright, quick, vivid form

  • Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare is in the history of poetry

    Graham Greene

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