Reviews

  • Hensher's anthology is bigger, better and broader in several senses than anything else currently available

    The Spectator
  • Almost 100 potent doses of the form which editor Philip Hensher claims very plausibly to be "the richest, most varied and most historically extensive national tradition anywhere in the world"... Hensher has spent a couple of years searching libraries and magazine archives and comes out staggering under a weight of treasures

    Claire Harman, Evening Standard
  • Like one of the legion of cantankerous, eccentric hosts we meet across this generous terrain, Hensher knows how to lay a grand spread...so enjoy the feast

    Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
  • Anyone reading this collection just for pleasure should start at the end of the second volume and work backwards...it would quickly bring you to four outstanding stories by women...each of these, though quickly over, leaves a lasting mark in the mind

    John Carey, The Sunday Times
  • Big and clever...three cheers then, for this chunky two-volume anthology, edited by Philip Hensher with imagination and a dash of mischievous wit

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times
  • Made me shiver with pleasure

    Michele Roberts, The Financial Times
  • Charted a very personal view of the form's development from the early 18th century to the present day'

    Tim Martin, Telegraph
  • It's been a big year for anthologies and few come bigger than The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. Philip Hensher's introduction is spiky and thought-provoking and Volume I: From Daniel Defoe to John Buchan and Volume II: From P.G. Wodehouse to Zadie Smith (Penguin Classic, £25 each) offer readers the chance to enjoy the varieties and mutations of British stories across four centuries.

    Max Liu, Independent
  • In two handsomely designed volumes ... you have to admire Hensher's championing of unfamiliar names alongside established greats

    Neville Hawcock, FT