Witty, heartbreaking, shocking, satirical: the short story can excite or sadden, entice or repulse. The one thing it can never be is dull. Now Victoria Hislop has collected 100 stories from her favourite women writers into one volume. Here are Man Booker Prize-winners and Nobel Laureates, feminists and famous wits, national treasures and rising stars, all handpicked by one of the nation's best-loved novelists. Featuring an all star cast of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Miranda July, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf, The Story is the biggest and most beautiful collection of women's short fiction in print today.
'Beautiful ... glittering ... The scope is wide, rich and often unexpected' Independent. 'A celebration of female writers with contributions from many of our favourites' Good Housekeeping. 'A rich feast' Nigella Lawson. 'This huge, beautiful book is a treasure chest ... a collection so good, it's essential' The Times. '[This] has given me more pleasure this year than almost all the rest of my reading put together' Mariella Frostrup.
Victoria Hislop is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Island and The Return, and a collection of short stories, The Last Dance and Other Stories. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. www.victoriahislop.com.