Short cuts

28 04 2018

Every Short Story  1951-2012 by Alasdair Gray

The first sixteen tales in this collection were published by Canongate in 1983 with the title Unlikely Stories, Mostly. This collection also has fifty-seven tales from later books, plus sixteen new ones written for the hardback publication of this collection. This last section, Tales Droll and Plausible, shows that Gray’s recent twenty-first-century fiction is as uncomfortably funny and up to date as his earliest.

This is a terrific collection of stories by one of my favourite writers. As the first page of the contents shows there are some great ones in here:

 

 

And there are many, many more. They all demonstrate Gray’s extraordinary imagination and often dark and disturbing creativity. A great compendium to dip into.

 

four stars

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