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The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist Collection 2019

By Pamelascott

Diverse and moving, these six outstanding stories are meditations on grief and loss, love, communication and loneliness. Each one will take the reader on a brief yet unforgettable journey into private worlds and unexpected corners of the human heart.

The shortlisted stories have all been chosen for this year's Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award - the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story, dubbed the 'equivalent of the Man Booker for the short story' by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The finalists of 2019 come from three continents, whose exceptional stories span such diverse territory as high end fashion, the Troubles, a disastrous poetry anthology cross-cultural romance and family secrets. But all are linked by their competence and artistry, through stylistic inventiveness, dark humour, intricacy, and a masterful formal control.


(Audible Studios, 13 September 2019, 4 hours 30 minutes, audiobook, Audible Original Podcast free from @audibleuk with membership)



I enjoyed every story in this collection. I'd never heard of any of the authors before so it was a treat to stumble across six new writers. I will definitely be checking out other work by some of the featured writers. The best stories were All the Poems Contained Within Will Mean Everything to Everyone by Joe Dunthorne and Comme by Paul Dalla Rosa. The other stories were very good but these were of a slightly higher calibre. I also really loved The Coast of Leitrim by Kevin Barry. I have at least three new writers to discover. Thanks for that Audible!

Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist Collection 2019

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