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Mr. Bones - Twenty Stories (Paperback): Paul Theroux Mr. Bones - Twenty Stories (Paperback)
Paul Theroux
R319 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gutshot - Stories (Paperback): Amelia Gray Gutshot - Stories (Paperback)
Amelia Gray
R308 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Watcher and Other Stories (Hardcover): Italo Calvino The Watcher and Other Stories (Hardcover)
Italo Calvino; Translated by William Weaver, Archibald Colquhoun
R731 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The three long stories in this volume show the range and virtuosity of Italy's most imaginative writer. "Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us" (John Updike, New Yorker).Translated by William Weaver and Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Charles Diana & Me (Hardcover): Fagih Charles Diana & Me (Hardcover)
Fagih
R3,028 Discovery Miles 30 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ten of Ahmed Fagih's best short stories are included in this memorable collection, providing a reading experience that is both entertaining and socially relevant. Although focusing on contemporary themes such as the conflict between self and society, and the tension between conservative concepts and modern values, Fagih retains his signature style of writing. Always poetic, with a characteristic mixture of illusion and reality, the author brings to western culture stories that have delighted Arabic audiences for years.

Axiomatic - Short Stories of Science Fiction (Paperback): Greg Egan Axiomatic - Short Stories of Science Fiction (Paperback)
Greg Egan
R360 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Wonderful, mind-expanding stuff, and well written too."-The Guardian Axiomatic is a wonderful collection of eighteen short stories by Hugo Award-winning author Greg Egan. The stories in this collection have appeared in such science fiction magazines as Interzone and Asimov's between 1989 and 1992. From junkies who drink at the time-stream to love affairs in time-reversed galaxies; from gene-altered dolphins that converse only in limericks to the program that allows you to design your own child; from the brain implants called axiomatics to the strange attractors that spin off new religions; from bioengineering to the new physics; and from cyberpunk to the electronic frontier, Greg Egan's future is frighteningly close to our own present. Included in this collection are such wonderful stories as: "Axiomatic" "Into Darkness" "The Safe-Deposit Box" "Blood Sisters" And many more! Axiomatic is the perfect collection for any science fiction fan, especially one who enjoys Greg Egan's work. The stories are imaginative and insightful, and written only the way that Greg Egan can do so. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Changing Planes - Stories (Paperback): Ursula K. Le Guin Changing Planes - Stories (Paperback)
Ursula K. Le Guin; Introduction by Karen Joy Fowler; Illustrated by Eric Beddows
R343 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R60 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Nine Inches (Paperback): Tom Perrotta Nine Inches (Paperback)
Tom Perrotta
R381 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R23 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Nine Inches," Tom Perrotta's first true collection, features ten stories--some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he's dropping into the lives of two teachers--and their love lost and found--in "Nine Inches," documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," or gently marking the points of connection between an old woman and a benched high school football player in "Senior Season," Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.

"Nine Inches" contains an elegant collection of short fiction: stories that are as assured in their depictions of characters young and old, established and unsure, as any written today.

"Mad Dog" and Other Stories (Paperback): Etienne Van Heerden "Mad Dog" and Other Stories (Paperback)
Etienne Van Heerden
R80 R69 Discovery Miles 690 Save R11 (14%) Out of stock
Stay Up with Me - Stories (Paperback): Tom Barbash Stay Up with Me - Stories (Paperback)
Tom Barbash
R289 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the tradition of classic short stories by John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, those in Tom Barbash's evocative collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes with her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting an annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party, while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humor, psychological acuity, and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging stories that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.

The Negative Cutter (Paperback): Patrick Chapman The Negative Cutter (Paperback)
Patrick Chapman
R483 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (Paperback): S. B. Divya, Mur Lafferty Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (Paperback)
S. B. Divya, Mur Lafferty; N.K. Jemisin, Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, …
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Finalist for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of cutting-edge science fiction from the hit podcast, Escape Pod. Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions of ears all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution. This anthology gathers together fifteen stories, including new and exclusive work from writers such as from Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, T. Kingfisher and more. From editors Mur Laffterty and S.B. Divya comes the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is, Escape Pod.

You Will Grow Into Them (Paperback): Malcolm Devlin You Will Grow Into Them (Paperback)
Malcolm Devlin
R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Malcolm Devlin's You Will Grow Into Them is a collection of immaculately written tales that deftly mix darkness with a playful imagination. The results are stories that are as entertaining and humane as they are deeply unsettling. We need more stories in the world like these. Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts Devlin's collection, like Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney before it, is set to become one of the decade's landmarks of English weird. Nina Allan, author of The Race and The Rift This debut collection of stories by Malcolm Devlin is one of the best I've read in years. By turns subtle, tender and brutal, and full of the sort of beauty one only finds in the hear's darkest corner, You Will Grow Into Them made me both jealous and grateful. Stories like this are exactly why I love to read. Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters You Will Grow Into Them is filled with stories that are deceptively simple and perilously elegant. They look like fairy tales, but aren't really - In fact they are best described as a precise alchemy of language. Perfectly pitched, thoroughly disquieting, You Will Grow Into Them is like a light in the darkness that might lead you home or lure you from the path. Malcolm Devlin is one of our finest voices. Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible & Other Recountings The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home. In Malcolm Devlin's debut collection, change is the only constant. Across nine stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps from the mundane. Childhood anxieties manifest as debased and degraded doppelgangers, fungal blooms are harvested from the backs of dancers and lycanthropes become the new social pariahs. The demons we carry inside us are very real indeed, but You Will Grow Into Them. Taking weird fiction and horror and bending them into strange and wondrous new shapes, You Will Grow Into Them follows in the grand tradition of Aickman, Ligotti and Vandermeer, reminding us that the mundane world is a much stranger place than it seems.

Behind Closed Doors - Tales of Tunisian Women (Paperback): Monia Hejaiej Behind Closed Doors - Tales of Tunisian Women (Paperback)
Monia Hejaiej
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Close Range: Brokeback Mountain - and other stories (Paperback, Film tie-in edition): Annie Proulx Close Range: Brokeback Mountain - and other stories (Paperback, Film tie-in edition)
Annie Proulx 2
R237 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R54 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The inspiration behind `Life of Pi' director Ang Lee's `Brokeback Mountain' is one of the short stories to be found in this haunting collection of Wyoming tales. `Brokeback Mountain' is set in the beautiful, wild landscape of Wyoming where cowboys live as they have done for generations. Hard, lonely lives in unforgiving country. Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar are two ranch hands, glad to have found each other's company where none had been expected. But companionship becomes something else on Brokeback Mountain, something not looked for - an intimacy neither can forget. `Brokeback Mountain' was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee, and starred Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway.

Escape Velocity - A Charles Portis Miscellany (Paperback): Charles Portis Escape Velocity - A Charles Portis Miscellany (Paperback)
Charles Portis; Edited by Jay Jennings
R414 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R69 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Though Charles Portis is best known for his fiction writing, he is also a prolific essayist, travel writer, and newspaper reporter. Collected here in "Escape Velocity," edited by Jay Jennings, is his "miscellany" -- journalism, short fiction, memoir, and even the play "Delray's New Moon," published for the first time in this volume. Portis covers topics as varied as the civil rights movement, road tripping in Baja, and Elvis' s visits to his aging mother for publications such as the "New York Herald Tribune" and "Saturday Evening Post." Fans of Portis's droll Southern humor and quirky characters will be thrilled at this new addition to his library, and those not yet familiar with his work will find a great introduction to him here. Also included are tributes by accomplished authors including Donna Tartt and Ron Rosenbaum.

This Is How You Die - Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death (Paperback): Matthew Bennardo, David... This Is How You Die - Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death (Paperback)
Matthew Bennardo, David Malki, Ryan North
R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, Machine of Death.
THIS IS HOW YOU DIE
Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn't give dates or specific circumstances-just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it's going to happen, but you'll still be surprised when it does.
This addictive anthology--sinister, witty, existential, and fascinating--collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of the first volume, and exceeds the first in every way.

The Complete Short Stories (Paperback, New): Oscar Wilde The Complete Short Stories (Paperback, New)
Oscar Wilde; Edited by John Sloan
R167 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R13 (8%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s. Admired by George Orwell and W. B. Yeats, the stories include poignant fairy-tales such as "The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish Giant," the extravagant comedy of "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and "The Canterville Ghost," and the daring narrative experiments of "The Portrait of Mr. W. H.," Wilde's fictional investigation into the identity of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's sonnets. John Sloan's Introduction argues for Wilde's originality and literary achievement as a short-story writer, emphasizing his literary skill and sophistication, and arguing for the centrality of Wilde's shorter fiction in his literary career. The collection includes a useful and up-to-date bibliography and extensive and helpful explanatory notes, and an Appendix reprints an important passage from the book-length version of "The Portrait of Mr. W. H." on the Neo-Platonic ideal of friendship between men, an important key to the short story's meaning.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

When It Happens to You - A Novel in Stories (Paperback): Molly Ringwald When It Happens to You - A Novel in Stories (Paperback)
Molly Ringwald
R331 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R17 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories. When It Happens to You follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors while they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life.

In "The Harvest Moon," a stay-at-home mom grapples with age, infertility, and an increasingly distant husband. In "Ursa Minor," a former children's television star tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for "exhaustion." In "My Olivia," a single mother finds untapped reserves of strength to protect her flamboyant six-year-old son, who wishes only to wear dresses and be called Olivia. And in the devastating title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and alienation, leading to an eviscerating denouement.

An unflinching yet poignant examination of the intricacies of the human heart, When It Happens to You is an auspicious literary debut.

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh (Paperback): Mo Yan Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh (Paperback)
Mo Yan; Translated by Howard Goldblatt
R319 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mo Yan, China's most critically acclaimed author, has changed the face of his country's contemporary literature with such daring and masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing stories--the title story of which has been adapted to film by the award-winning director of Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou--Mo Yan shows why he is also China's leading writer of short fiction.
His passion for writing shaped by his own experience of almost unimaginable poverty as a child, Mo Yan uses his talent to expose the harsh abuses of an oppressive society. In these stories he writes of those who suffer, physically and spiritually, under its yoke: the newly unemployed factory worker who hits upon an ingenious financial opportunity; two former lovers revisiting their passion fleetingly before returning to their spouses; young couples willing to pay for a place to share their love in private; the abandoned baby brought home by a soldier to his unsympathetic wife; the impoverished child who must subsist on a diet of iron and steel; the young bride willing to go to any length to escape an odious, arranged marriage. Never didactic, Mo's fiction ranges from tragedy to wicked satire, rage to whimsy, magical fable to harsh realism, from impassioned pleas on behalf of struggling workers to paeans to romantic love.

Jump and Other Stories (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer Jump and Other Stories (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer
R396 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A new collection of short stories from the author of My Son's Story. In 16 stories ranging from the dynamics of family life to the worldwide confusion of human values, Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer gives readers access to many lives in places as far apart as suburban London, Mozambique, a mythical island, and South Africa.

Eyesores (Paperback): Eric Shade Eyesores (Paperback)
Eric Shade
R513 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These eleven interrelated stories follow strands of hope and nostalgia that bind together, or fence off, the people of Windfall. Eric Shade's fictional western Pennsylvania community is a place we all know: a town bypassed by the interstate, its rail line clogged with coal cars that haven't moved an inch in years. The men of Windfall still vie on the time-honored fields of contest--from bars to bedrooms to football fields--but none is sure any longer what is won or lost. Few certainties linger: the jobs are going fast and the best women are already taken.

In the title story, a group of unskilled laborers rerun memories of youth as they race against the dark to demolish the town's drive-in theater. A chain restaurant will take its place. Naomi dumps Dwight at the altar in "Hoops, Wires, and Plugs," but then Dwight fritters away the shamed agitation that could have propelled him beyond Windfall's stunting gravitational pull. In the final story, "Souvenirs," small-time hoods Paxson and Gus do what so many in Windfall can't: get out of town. They're off to Pittsburgh and a contract killing they hope will kick off a more rewarding life of crime.

In hands less able than Eric Shade's, Windfall's men would be caricatures, screw-ups with all-too-easy access to the makings of tragedy: pills, booze, fast cars, guns, chain saws. Instead their stories give us new ways to ponder change and its consequences. Windfall stakes out a gritty quarter of the literary map shared by Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg and Thornton Wilder's Grover's Corners.

Urban 2 (Book): Dave Chislett Urban 2 (Book)
Dave Chislett
R150 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R21 (14%) Out of stock

Urban 2 picks up where the previous collection left off: collating and capturing new writing about the current urban experience of young South Africans across the board. Featuring a new writing from a large cross section of South Africans, this collection once again seeks to tap into the mind set and attitudes of what is really happening out there in the streets of this country. It reaches the soft underbelly of the city mind, and reveals that not all is angst, doom and gloom in the South Africa of today.

Sit Down and Listen - Stories from South Africa (Paperback): Ellen Kuzwayo Sit Down and Listen - Stories from South Africa (Paperback)
Ellen Kuzwayo
R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Shorts, Volume One (Paperback): Michelle Tudor Shorts, Volume One (Paperback)
Michelle Tudor
R277 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Paperback): Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Paperback)
Oscar Wilde
R70 R60 Discovery Miles 600 Save R10 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and the sapphire shall be as blue as the great sea.' In 'The Happy Prince' a statue - jewelled and opulent - keeps careful watch over the city and its inhabitants. Enlisting the help of a swallow, his selfless acts bring comfort to those most in need. 'The Nightingale and the Rose' is a tragic tale of personal sacrifice in the name of love, while in 'The Selfish Giant' the end of an eternal winter finally brings springtime and happiness. In this collection of enchanting tales from a master storyteller, Oscar Wilde has entranced readers both young and old since publication in the late nineteenth century.

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