EDITED AND INTRODUCED BY PROFESSOR PHILIP HORNE
WITH A FOREWORD BY MICHAEL WOOD
When Henry James died he left behind a series of notebooks, fascinating records of his thinking and working life, which include around sixty ideas, or what James called 'germs', for fictions he didn't write. Professor Philip Horne, a renowned authority on Henry James, has commissioned ten authors and Jamesian enthusiasts to write new short stories based on these 'germs'. Richly suggestive and enticing, the 'germs' have inspired a collection of new and brilliant stories by some of our best writers, offering a fresh and original approach to an canonical literary author through well-known contemporary voices.
Among the authors contributing to the collection are Rose Tremain, Jonathan Coe, Paul Theroux, Amit Chaudhuri, Tessa Hadley and Giles Foden.
"The short story should be a gem of bright, quick, vivid form"
"[An] ingenious and entertaining collection... the stories could not be more varied in tone and approach, from Colm Tóibín’s beautifully measured “Silence”...to 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"
"In this volume, the appreciation of his unwritten tales by eleven fine contemporary authors pays handsome dividends"
"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."