Reviews

  • Sometimes - not often - a book comes along that feels like Christmas. A Santa's sack of goodies to be unwrapped, revealing ever more lovely treats. Philip Hensher's timely, but timeless, selection of the best short stories from the past 20 years is that kind of book. In fact, his introduction is as enriching as anything that has been published this year.

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
  • Like its predecessors, this volume is a feast, and every morsel worth savouring

    Literary Review
  • A bold anthology ... alive with provocations and insights

    Praise for THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE BRITISH SHORT STORY, John Carey, Sunday Times
  • Hensher's anthology is bigger, better and broader in several senses than anything else currently available

    Praise for THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE BRITISH SHORT STORY, 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

    Praise for THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE BRITISH SHORT STORY, 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

    Praise for THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE BRITISH SHORT STORY, 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

    Praise for THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE BRITISH SHORT STORY, John Carey, The Sunday Times