Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories / Edition 1

Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories / Edition 1

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ISBN-10: 0140063064

ISBN-13: 2900140063065

Pub. Date: 07/28/1989

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

This anthology is in many ways a 'best of the best', containing gems from thirty-four of Britain's outstanding contemporary writers. It is a book to dip into, to read from cover to cover, to lend to friends and read again. It includes stories of love and crime, stories touched with comedy and the supernatural, stories set in London, Los Angeles, Bucharest and Tokyo.

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This anthology is in many ways a 'best of the best', containing gems from thirty-four of Britain's outstanding contemporary writers. It is a book to dip into, to read from cover to cover, to lend to friends and read again. It includes stories of love and crime, stories touched with comedy and the supernatural, stories set in London, Los Angeles, Bucharest and Tokyo. Above all, as you will discover, it satisfies Samuel Butler's anarchic pleasure principle: 'I should like to like Schumann's music better than I do; I daresay I could make myself like it better if I tried; but I do not like having to try to make myself like things; I like things that make me like them at once and no trying at all...'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900140063065
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448

Table of Contents

Modern British Short Stories Acknowledgements
Introduction

Malcolm Lowry: Strange Comfort Afforded by the Profession
(from Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place)

Samuel Beckett: Ping
(from Collected Shorter Prose 1945-80)

Elizabeth Bowen: Mysterious Kor
(from The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen)

V. S. Pritchett: A Family Man
(from V. S. Pritchett: Collected Stories)

Dylan Thomas: The Burning Baby
(from Adventures in the Skin Trade)

Graham Greene: The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen
(from May We Borrow Your Husband)

Angus Wilson: More Friend Than Lodger
(from A Bit Off the Map)

Jean Rhys: The Lotus
(from Tigers Are Better Looking)

William Golding: Miss Pulkinhorn
(from Encounter, August 1960)

Kingsley Amis: My Enemy's Enemy
(from Kingsley Amis: Collected Short Stories)

Ted Hughes: The Rain Horse
(from Wodwo)

Alan Sillitoe: The Fishing-boat Picture
(from The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner)

Doris Lessing: To Room Nineteen
(from A Man and Two Women)

Muriel Spark: The House of the Famous Poet
(from Bang Bang You're Dead)

John Fowles: The Enigma
(from The Ebony Tower)

J. G. Ballard: Memories of the Space Age
(from Firebird 3)

William Trevor: A Meeting in Middle Age
(from The Stories of William Trevor)

Edna O'Brien: In the Hours of Darkness
(from Mrs. Reinhardt and Other Stories)

B. S. Johnson: A Few Selected Sentences
(from Aren't You Rather Young to be Writing Your Memoirs?)

Malcolm Bradbury: Composition
(from Who Do You Think You Are?)

Fay Weldon: Weekend
(from Watching Me Watching You)

David Lodge: Hotel Des Boobs
(from Cosmopolitan, 1986)

Beryl Bainbridge: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
(from Mum and Mrs. Armitage)

Ian McEwan: Psychopolis
(from In Between the Sheets)

Angela Carter: Flesh and the Mirror
(from Fireworks)

Martin Amis: Let Me Count the Times
(from Granta 4)

Rose Tremain: My Wife is a White Russian
(from Granta 7)

Salman Rushdie: The Prophet's Hair
(from London Review of Books, 16 August 1981)

Julian Barnes: One of a Kind
(from New Stories 7)

Emma Tennant: Philomela
(from Bananas Anthology)

Clive Sinclair: Bedbugs
(from Bedbugs)

Graham Swift: Seraglio
(from Learning to Swim)

Kazuo Ishiguro: A Family Supper
(from Firebird 2)

Adam Mars-Jones: Structural Anthropology
(from Firebird 1)

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