Twelve stories selected from 775 entries to the 2022 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. A showcase of some of the boldest new voices in short fiction.
In turn tender, brutal, surreal, gentle, loving, desperate, catastrophic and hilarious. Every story in this anthology explores what it is to be human, and each one will stay with you long after reading. They feature a shaved horse, an Irish commune, runaways, a first sexual encounter, stranded sprats, a celebrity stalker, a European flirtation, a modern-day factory, extreme heat, a rugby-ball-shaped rock, Icelandic foxes, and a life in fast-forward.
Shazia J. Altaf, Avril Caprani, Imogen Fox, Emily Gaywood-James, Giovanna Iozzi, Bonnie Lander Johnson, Miki Lentin, Max Lury, Rosaleen Lynch, Yvette Naden, Hannah Retallick, and Martha Sprackland
Foreword by bookshop owner Denise Jones
Introduction by project manager Kate Ellis