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The Book Club Review

Jul 4, 2020

The short story. Sad sister to the novel? Or pinnacle of the literary form? In this episode, Laura sets out to persuade Kate, self-professed short story sceptic, she’s got it all wrong. 

Since the Covid Crisis went global, Laura’s book club has been working their way through That Glimpse of Truth: 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written selected by the late literary agent David Miller. One short story, once a week, with a Zoom chat every Monday to discuss it. 

Listen in to hear the standout stories – and if Kate is convinced.


Books mentioned on this episode:

Too Much Happiness by Alice Munroe

The Tenth of December by George Saunders

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, which we discussed in detail on episode 63.


Laura’s book club read:

That Glimpse of Truth: 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Written, selected by David Miller

Stories from the collection mentioned on the show:

‘Mr Know-All’ by W. Somerset Maugham

‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe

‘The Children Stay’ by Alice Munro

‘D’Accord Baby’ by Hanif Kureishi


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