Recommended Reads for February

February’s theme is to read a collection of short stories.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not try one of our staff recommended picks?


General Fiction


Emma Cline – Daddy

William Boyd – The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

Tracy Chevalier (ed.) – Reader, I Married Him

Maeve Binchy – Return Journey or  This Year It Will Be Different

Zora Neale Hurston – Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Jeffrey Archer – To Cut a Long Story Short

Victoria Hislop – The Last Dance & Other Stories or Cartes Postales from Greece

Joanne Harris – A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String

Penny Vincenzi – Love in the Afternoon & Other Delights

Rose Tremain – The American Lover & Other Stories

Ali Smith – Public Library & Other Stories

Rachel Joyce – A Snow Garden & Other Stories

John Boyne – Beneath the Earth

Tom Hanks – Uncommon Type

Cecilia Ahern – Roar

Danielle Evans – The Office of Historical Corrections

Jojo Moyes – Paris for One & Other Stories

Alison Macleod – All the Beloved Ghosts

Kate Mosse – Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales

Carys Bray – Sweet Home

Curtis Sittenfeld – You Think It I’ll Say It

Zadie Smith – Grand Union

James Joyce - Dubliners

Peter James – A Twist of the Knife

Lee Child – First Thrills

Geovani Martins – The Sun on My Head

Lucy Caldwell – Being Various


Teen/Young Adult


Scarlett Curtis – It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) or Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)

Dave Shelton – Thirteen Chairs

Amnesty International UK – Here I Stand

Juno Dawson (ed.) – Proud

Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman (eds.) – A Thousand Beginnings & Endings

Amerie (ed.) – Because You Hate to Love Me: 13 Tales of Villainy


Books for Children


David Walliams – The World’s Worst Children

Katherine Rundell – Into the Jungle

Enid Blyton – Holiday Stories

Rudyard Kipling – Just So Stories

Emma Carroll – When We Were Warriors

John McLay - Thirteen


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