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Short Stories

The Case for Short Stories

The short story was always the preferred fiction medium for serious professional writers right up until recent years. Today it's the 'never mind the quality, feel the width' attitude which means that waffle sells more copy than honed and perfected prose. Novels are getting bigger and fatter. Even Harry Potter stories grew in size as the series progressed.

A short story can come to a writer in an hour; it can take six months; ... contrary to what most people think, the writing of short stories, is, as Roald Dahl says, "damnably hard work", more difficult than a novel, far more difficult than a biography, only a little less difficult than writing a book for small children or, most difficult of all, a poem.
Rumer Godden, 1977
Introduction to the Reader's Digest Great Short Stories of the English Speaking World

But for those who prefer a taste of something good, well presented and easily digested rather than the 'GO LARGE' preferences of today, it's time to reconsider the Short Story. From a literary point of view the short story epitomizes the quest for the perfect piece of fiction. Harder to write and certainly harder to master, the short story writer has to make every word count, there's no room for meandering along endless dead ends and side tracks. Stick to the chase!

In this fast-paced world we live in you would have thought that the short story would flourish but alas no. However we don't need to be too despondent. There are excellent examples of the craft of short story telling available today, some from the last century and even the century before that and some bang up to date from talented young authors.

At cj-books-etc we pride ourselves on providing books from all genres and eras and have compiled here a selection of short story anthologies available to buy. But please note that due to the specialist nature of some of these titles, we have only limited stock. If a title you were interested in has become out of stock, please contact us and we will be happy to try to obtain another copy for you.

Folklore

Giant Tales From Wales

Giant Tales From Wales by Brenda Wyn Jones
translated by Ann Saer
published by Pont Book, Gower Press, 1998

Six super stories of giant from the Land of Giants! Full colour illustrations.
60 pages paperback
ISBN 1859025889

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Stories of Wales

Stories of Wales told for children by Elisabeth Sheppard-Jones
illustrated by Paul Hogarth
published by John Jones Publishing Ltd, 1988

Wonderful stories retold for a modern audience.
182 pages paperback
ISBN 1871083354

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Tales From Wales

Tales From Wales retold by Rhiannon Ifans
published by Y Lola Cyf, 2009

The ancient legends of Wales are packed with adventure and mystery. Here the most famous ones are retold and illustrated.
112 pages paperback

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The Magic of the Mabinogion

The Magic of the Mabinogion retold by Rhiannon Ifans
published by Y Lolfa Cyf, 1993

Eleven traditional tales from the Medieval Mabinogion filled with heroic characters, illustrated humorously making this edition ideal to introduce children to the excitement of this classic epic.
111 pages paperback
ISBN 0862431743

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Robert Louis Stevenson - The Complete Short Stories

 Robert Louis Stevenson - The Complete Short Stories

Two volume set complete with slip case.
The Centenary Edition published by Mainstream Publishing, 1993.
Books in excellent unread condition, slip case has some shelf wear and a slightly faded spine only.
Over 50 stories and fables including both well known titles and lesser known but fabulous stories. A real treat for any Stevenson or story fan.
ISBN 1851585524

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The Stuff of Legend

Story telling started with the verbal tradition of tales of old, knights and myths and legends - yarns which have been written down and retold countless times. A good story always improves with age.

Stories of Old Renown

Stories of Old Renown: Tales of Knights and Heroes by Ascott R Hope

The Author, Ascott R Hope, modernized some old stories, which he felt had become unfamiliar to young people by the 19th Century. The hardback copy we have on offer was published by Gresham Publishing circa 1920s with illustrations by Gordon Browne (son of the Dickens illustrator Phiz) and is in acceptable condition only. If you would like more photographs please contact us.

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The Gothic in us all

During the 18th and 19th century there were many fine short story writers, often most famous for a particular novel e.g., Bram Stoker and his Dracula. But there are others who wrote famous short stories such as H. G. Wells and his Time Machine or Edger Allen Poe and his Tales of Mystery and Imagination. This tradition of the ghost story or the mystery has continued to the present day.

H. G. Wells

Complete Short Stories by H. G. Wells

This famous collection of short stories includes The Time Machine, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, The Country of the Blind, The Valley of Spiders, The Empire of the Ants, The Jilting of Jane and that delightful fantasy The Truth About Pyecraft.

H. G. Wells was possibly most consistently at his best as a writer of short stories and this book, first published in 1927, remains one of the most remarkable literary achievements of the last century. This edition dates 1987 by Guild Publishing.

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Ghost's Face

Smearing the Ghost's Face with Ink (a Chinese anthology) edited by Raymond Van Over

Folktales, fables, stories of love and morality, of the fantastic and the supernatural are here selected from the finest writers of a Chinese literary tradition which stretches back over 2,500 years.

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Ghosts of Surrey

Ghosts of Surrey by John Janaway
published by Countryside Books, 1996

These tales, some taken from first hands accounts, make chilling and compulsive reading ideal to curl up with on dark winter evenings or to read aloud with family and friends.
126 pages paperbackback
ISBN 1853061441

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Just for a laugh!

It's not just serious stuff that short stories excel in, but comedic prose, light hearted and intended to please.

Wyoming Wyoming Wonderous Wyoming

Humourous short stories, unique recipes and western potpourri by James W Ballard 1990

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Babies Changing Babies by Deborah Moggach

15 brilliant stories; funny, sharp and painfully accurate. Many of these stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 or published in The Daily Telegraph and Cosmopolitan.

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James Herriot's Cat Stories

Cat Stories James Herriot is well known for his tales about his experience as a vet in the Dales. This book is a collection of the stories about cats that he has written about in his various books. The stories all illustrate the different characters that the cats have, one likes to visit collections of people-WI meetings, church groups and seems to be listening to every word. The vet finds these cats in a state of poor health and restores them, in one case aided by the farmer's wife who put the kitten in the oven! They are delightful stories to warm your heart.

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... or just because they are a good read

Short story writing is not lost in the modern day but it is often hidden, sometimes in plain sight like Jeffery Archer's collections of short stories and sometimes in the world of academia like Brooke Biaz (aka Professor Graeme Harper). But wherever these fine tomes are found they are often well worth the search.

For Children

Big Picture

big picture edited by Gerard Whelan
published by LETS, 1998

Fifteen stories rare and new by a galaxy of Ireland's best-knownwritersfor young people.
208 pages paperback
ISBN 0953381501

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Modern

The Facts Behind The Helsinki Roccamatios

Roccamatios by Yann Martel
published by Canongate, 2004

Three great stories form this Mann Booker Prise Winner.
50 pages paperback
ISBN 1841956082

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A Story of Europe

story Europe by Will Self
published by Bloomsbury, 1996

Charming and philosophical short story pocket bookworm the renowned author Will Self.
50 pages paperback
ISBN 0747528977

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Gravity

gravity by Erica Wagner
published by Granta, 1997

Illuminating the loneliness of the human condition and the difficulty of making connections with others, these stories are fresh and compelling and range across time and space.
231 pages back
ISBN 1862070822

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General

The Oxford Book of Spy Stories

Spy Stories edited by Michael Cox
published by Oxford University Press, 1996

Twenty Eight intriguing stories by some of the best writers including Ian Fleming, John Buchan, Eric Ambler, Len Deighton and so many more.
50 pages paperback

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The Sixth Day

6thday by Primo Levi
translated by Raymond Rosenthal
published by ABACUS, 1991

Twenty three wonderful stories to make you laugh out loud. What if a committee of scientists were to take over God's work?...
255 pages paperback
ISBN 0349101868

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Never Trust A Rabbit

rabbit by Jeremy Dyson
published by Duck Editions, 2000

This powerful collection of twelve tall tales are linked by the writer's deliciously surreal slant on everyday occurrences, sensibilities and desires.
231 pages paperback
ISBN 0715630156

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Fifty Great Sea Stories

Fifty Great Sea Stories published by Odhams G337, circa 1930's

Stories from great authors such as Joseph Conrad, Edgar Wallace, Arnold Bennett, Jack London and Captain Marryat to name but a few. Tanned pages and some pulling to binding.
50 pages hardback

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The Tale Must Go On

The Tale Must Go On edited by Steve Twelvetree
published by Anchor Books, 2004

A collection of story poems and short stories from the scary to the funny; from serious to verses about unrequited love.
112 pages paperback
ISBN 1844183319

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Winter's Tales (series 2)

Winter's Tales (series 2) edited & introduced by Robin Baird-Smith
published by Constable, 1986

Fourteen tales by renowned writers such as Muriel Spark, Rose Tremain, Jorge Luis Borges, Philip Oakes etc. Slightest tanning to pages, clipped dust jacket in excellent condition.
224 pages hardback
ISBN 0094673209

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The Father Brown Stories

The Father Brown Stories by G K Chesterton
published by Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1947

Forth-eight stories about the iconic sleuthing priest. Some wear to cover edges but pages clean with slight foxing to page edges.
704 pages cloth hardback

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National Trust Ghostly Haunts

National Trust Ghostly Haunts edited by Michael Morpurgo
illustrated by Nilesh Mistry
published by Pavilion, 2004

Stories from some of our most popular and successful contemporary children's authors including Morpurgo himself inspired by properties owned and cared for by the National Trust.
160 pages hardback
ISBN 1857931580

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Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now by Daphne du Maurier
published by Penguin, 1971

Five stories which will linger in the memory including the emotional title story famous for the film with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. Slight tanning to page edges commensurate with age.
268 pages paperback
ISBN 0140035907

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Innocent Erendira and other stories

Innocent Erendira and other stories by Gabriel Garcia
published by Picador, 1981

This collection written over the span of twenty five years. The earlier stories are among the first that Garcia Marquez ever wrote. A real treat for both Garcia Marquez fans and short story lovers alike. This copy has some wear but is a good readable copy.
126 pages paperback
ISBN 0330261622

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Murasaki - a novel in six parts

Murasaki - a novel in six parts

edited by Robert Silverberg
published by Grafton, 1993

Deftly interwoven sci-fi tales that form a complete novel by six Nebula Award winning authors namely Paul Anderson, greg Bear, Gregory Benford, David Brin, Nancy Kress and Frederik Pohl.
290 pages paperback
ISBN 0586214453

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Five Minute Mysteries

Five Minute Mysteries by Ken Weber
published by Stoddart, 1988

Thirty-seven challenging cases of murder and mayhem for you to solve. A great collection from this very popular series.
198 pages paperback
ISBN 0773752102

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Absolutely Amazing Five Minute Mysteries

Absolutely Amazing Five Minute Mysteries by Ken Weber
published by Running Press, 2003

Forty new cases of murder and mayhem for you to solve. Another edition in this very popular series.
180 pages paperback
ISBN 0762417722

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Utterly Ingenious Five Minute Mysteries

Five Minute Mysteries by Ken Weber
published by Running Press, 2003

Forty new cases of murder and mayhem for you to solve. Another edition in this very popular series.
190 pages paperback
ISBN 0762419040

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The New Women's Hour Book of Short Stories

The New Women's Hour Book of Short Stories edited by Di Speirs
published by BBC/Penguin, 1998

Eighteen stories from well known authors such as Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon, Beryl Bainbridge, Deborah Moggach, Annie Proulx etc. Put the kettle on, put your feet up and escape for an hour!
252 pages paperback
ISBN 0140269924

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English Short Stories

English Short Stories edited by Christopher Dolley
published by Penguin, 1967

Sixteen excellent stories by some of the best writers in the English language e.g. Kipling, Dickens, Hardy, Conrad, J Joyce, V Woolf, H G Wells, Greene etc.
329 pages paperback
ISBN 0140026177

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The Poolbeg Book of Irish Ghost Stories

The Poolbeg Book of Irish Ghost Stories edited by David Marcus
published by Poolbeg, 1990

Ghosts stories, whether you believe in ghosts or not, are part of our tradition. This selection written by some of Irelands best writers in this genre are sure to have you leaving the lights on and raise your heart rate better than a Zumba class ever could!
302 pages paperback
ISBN 1853711128

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Short Stories Book 2

Short Stories Book 2 by Roger Mansfield
illustrated by Neville Swaine
published by Scofield & Sims, 1977

Eleven short stories from eminent writers including Saki, John Wyndham, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Mark Twain and others. Includes a short biography on each author. Excellent condition with a few marks to front cover only.
127 pages paperback
SBN 0721703011

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Blue Tattoo A Short Story Magazine

Blue Tattoo A Short Story Magazine intro by Phil Tomkins
published by Reiff Publishing, Spring 2008 Issue 5

8 great stories plus reviews and biographies from Welsh writing talent.
ISSN 17536707

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The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories

The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories edited by Sara & Stephen Corrin
published by Puffin, 1986

Fourteen festive stories for Christmas from accomplished authors such as Hardy, Dickens, Garfield etc. Name written inside cover, tanned page edges.
192 pages paperback
ISBN 0140319670

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Over The Horizon or Around the World in Fifteen Stories

Over The Horizon or Around the World in Fifteen Stories illustrated by Richard Kennedy
published by Victor Gollanz Ltd, 1960

This collection of fifteen stories for readers from 8-12years was specially written by different authors each about their own part of the world. Ex library with protective cover and usual stamps.
192 pages hardback

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Horse and Pony Stories

Horse and Pony Stories chosen by Christine Pullein-Thompson
published by Kingfisher, 2004

Twenty powerful moving stories of bravery and adventure from some of the greatest story teller including C S Lewis, Tolstoy, Saki, Anna Sewell, Morpurgo etc. Ideal for horse fans and all short story lovers.
256 pages paperback
ISBN 075341015X

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Fireworks

Fireworks by Angela Carter
published by Virgo Modern Classics, 2004

In these extraordinary tales, the author pinpoints the symbolism of city streets and weaves allegories around jungles strange and erotic landscapes of the imagination.
120 pages paperback
ISBN 0860684024

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Mysteries

Mysteries introduced by Giles Gordon
published by Leopard, 1996

Short story selection from some of the world's greatest mystery writers including Edger Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Edgar Wallace, G K Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, Jerome K Jerome etc. Some tanning to page edges.
606 pages paperback
ISBN 1858913136

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Stranded

Stranded by V L McDermid
forward by Ian Rankin
published by Flambard, 2005

19 criminal short stories from the Mistress of Crime Writing, Val McDermid who uses the short story form to probe not only the motivations of the criminal underworld but also the nature of crime itself.
214 pages paperback
ISBN 1873226748

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A Good Hanging

A Good Hanging by Ian Rankin
published by Orion, 1998

Twelve terrific stories staring Detective Inspector John Rebus set in Edinburgh showing the not so bonny side of Scotland.
253 pages paperback
ISBN 9781407220192

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and six other stories

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and six other stories by F Scott Fitzgerald
published by Penguin Modern Classics, 2008

In this excellent collection, Fitzgerald displays his unmatched gift as a writer of short story. Titles include May Day, The Four Fists, The Cut-Glass Bowl and many other.
202 pages paperback
ISBN 9780141190198

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The Unabridged Pocketbook of Lightning

The Unabridged Pocketbook of Lightning by Jonathan Safran Foer
published by Penguin, 2005

Widely acknowledged as one of the most inventive new voices in contemporary fiction, Safran Foer has written another great work packed with the wit imagination and exuberance that makes his work essential reading.
52 pages paperback
ISBN 0141023066

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Badger on the Barge

Badger on the Barge by Janni Howker
published by Julia MacRae Books, 1985

5 long stories each concerned with a significant encounter between 2 people - one young and one old in original situations and unusual backgrounds. 1st edition (2nd reprint) and 1st published work by this talented writer..
201 pages hardback
ISBN 086203163X

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The Dream Lover

The Dream Lover

by William Boyd
published by Bloomsbury, 2008

22 gripping tales told in bold, distinct voices from Brazil to Africa and Nice to Hollywood. This eclectic omnibus is a must-read for any lover of the short story.
355 pages paperback
ISBN 9780747592297

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Frothy Tales

Frothy Tales

by Davey Spens
published by Costa, 2008

A quirky blend of very short stories from Costas Writer in Residence. ideal reading over the great cup of freshly made coffee (or tea!)
93 pages paperback
ISBN 9780955486326

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The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind

The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind

by David Guterson
published by Bloomsbury, 1996

This collection of stories is stark, moody and tautly written. The stories evoke the mores and dilemmas of middle-class life tempered with irony.
181 pages paperback
ISBN 0747525617

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Oxford Library of Classic English Short Stories

Oxford Library of Classic English Short Stories

selection originally chosen by Dan Davin
with an introduction by Roger Sharrock
published by BCA, 1993

This two volume set in its own sturdy slip case reflects the excellence and variety of short fiction written in English during the 20th century. Bound in deep green cloth and faux leather, it is an ideal gift for discerning readers.
891 pages hardback
CN6345

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The Last Dance

 The Last Dance

by Victoria Hislop

10 delicious short stories including several set in Greece offering memorable portraits of ordinary Greek life. These stories have been described as lyrical and twisty tales.
Paperback; published by Headlne Review, 2012
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Paris Tales

Paris Tales Published by Oxford University Press, 2004

This is a highly evocative collection of stories, by French or Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific locations in this most visited of capital cities. 22 short stories by well known writers including Nerval, Maupassant, Colette etc provides a captivating glimpse into Parisian life from the mid 19th century to present day.
245 pages paperback
ISBN 9780192805744

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And Thereby Hangs A Tale

And Thereby Hangs A Tale by Jeffrey Archer
published by PAN, 2010

15 stories Archer has gathered from around the world in this his sixth collection of short stories from Germany, Italy, England and the Channel Isles to name but a few. A must for any Archer fan.
274 pages paperback
ISBN 978033045141

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Cat O'Nine Tales by Jeffrey Archer

Cat O'Nine Tales

Drawings by Ronald Searle
12 stories, 255 pages
This is the 5th collection of irrestible short stories from the master story teller. These yarns are ingeniously plotted with richly drawn characters and deliciously unexpected conclusions. There is the added bonus of illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist Ronald Searle.

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ISBN 140503257X

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Small Maps of the World by Brooke Biaz

Small Maps

This collection of fiction from Graeme Harper, writing as Brooke Biaz, investigates the meanings attached to events in place. It unearths the bond between individuals and location and also wonders about the underlaying connections between people and their sense of belonging.

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Big Pictures: New Writing by the Galaxy of Ireland's Best-known Writers for Young People, edited by Gerard Whelan

The stories collected in this volume are both rare and new by a galaxy of thirteen of Ireland's best known writers for young people.

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The Land of the Vine - stories by Georgian writers Writing School

translated by Amanda Calvert

This is an anthology of stories written by contemporary Georgian writers. Georgia is the land where the vine flourishes and this anthology is an expression of the pride in and love for their native land. This book was printed and published in Russia in 1990.

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Writing School The Writing School Guide to Writing the Short Story

by Roy Lomax published by Clarefen Ltd 1983 paperback
ISBN 9780906486139

Even though reading short stories is fun, how about actually writing one yourself?
This guide to writing short stories is great for setting you on you way.

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Caravan

Caravan edited by Sydney Butler
published by Brock House Writers, 1992

The variety of topics and forms in this collection provides something for every readers.
198 pages paperback
ISBN 0969673701

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope edited by Sydney Butler
published by Brock House Writers, 1993

This anthology of life writing provides the reader with a great variety of views of the world. Poems and stories with illustrations.
127 pages paperback
ISBN 096967371X

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The Bridport Prize 2003

The Bridport Prize 2003 published by Sansom & Co, 2003

The best 26 poems and short stories chosen by U A Fanthorpe and Rose Tremain from thousands of submissions.
152 pages paperback
ISBN 1904537146

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The Bridport Prize 2004

The Bridport Prize 2004 published by Sansom & Co, 2004

The best 26 poems and short stories chosen by Paul Farley and Jim Crace from thousands of submissions.
136 pages paperback
ISBN 1904537243

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The Bridport Prize 2006

The Bridport Prize 2006 published by Sansom & Co, 2006

The finest 26 poems and short stories chosen from thousands of submissions.
158 pages paperback
ISBN 1904537685

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