The Long View of Brief Encounters; Short Stories
Byline: PHILIP HENSHER
The short story problem is, surely, one of the most baffling in the contemporary market for literature. Every reader loves a good short story; almost every writer loves the challenges of writing one. Yet they don't sell. There is a mere handful of outlets for single short stories in this country, and that handful, such as the splendid London Magazine, struggles along. Publishers will, if they absolutely have to, publish a volume of short stories as long as the writer has already established a reputation as a novelist, but with no hopes of any great sales.
A dismal picture, but one considerably redeemed by this excellent pile of anthologies and collections. They are perfect summer reading; if, like me, you mentally translate `a perfect book for the beach' into `a perfect book if you are recuperating after a …
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Publication information: Article title: The Long View of Brief Encounters; Short Stories. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Mail on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: August 16, 1998. Page number: 29. © 2009 Solo Syndication Limited. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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