Category: Short Stories

The Nine-Chambered Heart – Janice Pariat

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman – the same woman – whom they have loved, or who has loved them. ➽ “The Nine Chambered Heart was my book, and I’m glad for the choice. The…

East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks ◉ “I was initially put off reading this book as I don’t particularly like short stories – they usually seem to be too short and I am often left wanting more. However this collection has me converted –…

The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A collection of short stories including reworked pieces and new musings. ◉ “If a reader of this book wasn’t aware prior, it would be immediately apparent that C K Stead is a literary giant. “There is an effortlessness and sophistication…

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Marco Polo describes the cities he visited on his expeditions to Kublai Khan, emperor of the Tartars. ◉ “A small strange little book that needs to be read slowly as if you have all the time in the world. Calvino packs…

All That Man Is – David Szalay

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nine men, each at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, try to understand what it means to be alive. ➤ “I felt pretty wary coming into All That Man Is, a particularly male-focused read with nine separate stories about…

In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A young woman observes the absurd and grotesque while staying in a German pension. A short story collection from the Modernist era. ✔ “Very much a book of character studies, with short stories all featuring the same protagonist, a young Englishwoman…