Over the past six months or so, there has been a huge trend in publishing. Short stories have made an epic return. A year ago and it would be a very rare thing for me to buy a short story collection, but in the last three months I have read three collections and when I recently splurged on some new books, I bought more!
Here are a few reviews of my recent short story reads…
Paris For One by Jojo Moyes
I bought this collection a while ago, mainly because I want to read anything set in France. I haven’t read a lot of Jojo Moyes as I don’t really read a lot of romance or chick lit novels. But short stories are a great way to dip into a genre. I really enjoyed these stories, particularly as some of them were long short stories, meaning I could really get to know the characters. For me, the first story in the collection (Paris for One) was the best. The rest were set in different places with varying themes and although I enjoyed them, I found that the characters were all quite similar to each other and did really on the cliches of chick lit a little too much. Overall though, this is a really nice collection of stories and the hardback is a beautiful book that would make a lovely gift.
The Mistletoe Murders, P.D.James
I love crime novels and really enjoy the work of the late P.D. James, in particular her work inspired by Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley. This collection of stories offers a variety of murder mysteries written with the tropes of the genre in mind. She writes in the style of Agatha Christie but in a slightly tongue in cheek way. I really enjoyed these stories, they were easy to dip in and out of, but held my attention throughout. They were a fantastic alternative to the usual festive read!
All The Beloved Ghosts, Alison MacLeod
I was lucky enough to be sent this beautiful book. I haven’t read any of McLeod’s other work but was excited by the amount of buzz on social media there had been about this particular collection. I really enjoyed these stories. Each of them is beautifully crafted and individual. They take you to many different places and introduce you to many different people, but each is skilfully written and feels complete. Sometimes even the best short stories can leave me wanting more, but these were excellently written so that they felt complete. As a whole, this collection is lyrical and descriptive, while also having great narratives within each story. I would highly recommend this collection and have to say that it is my favourite short story collection of 2017!