Stella Gibbons "Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm"
A collection of stories from the author of 'Cold Comfort Farm' originally published in 1940. The title story tells of a typical Christmas at the farm before the coming of Flora Poste.
This is an anthology of the winning entries in Chawton House Library's Jane Austen short story award 2010 - following on from the success of the inaugural competition set up in 2009 to celebrate the bicentenary of Jane Austen's arrival in Chawton.
John Mortimer "Forever Rumpole: the best of the Rumpole stories"
The best of Rumpole is represented in this selection of 14 stories, the first published in 1978, the last in 2004. And as an added bonus the book ends with the fragment of a new Rumpole novel Sir John was working on when he died in January 2009.
Sarah Hall "The Beautiful indifference"
Whether it's a frustrated housewife seeking extreme experience or a young woman contemplating the death of her lover, the characters within these collected short stories are real-life survivors, with the human body providing a sensuous frame for each unfolding drama.
Steven Millhauser "We Others"
Steven Millhauser's fiction has consistently, and to dazzling effect, dissolved the boundaries between reality and fantasy, waking life and dreams, the past and the future, darkness and light, love and lust.
Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger (ed) "A Study in Sherlock"
The much-loved Sherlock Holmes detective series is explored through fresh angles as Dr Watson takes centre stage and tells his tale.
Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner "Wolfsbane and Mistletoe"
The holiday season can bring out the beast in anyone - literally! This collection features 15 werewolf tales by an all-star line up.
Javier Marias "While the women are sleeping"
In his first short story collection for 15 years Javier Marías brings together tales which span his entire writing career. His characters are slippery and they live on the edges of society: a tramp, a butler, a bodyguard, a ghost. They threaten the normal, rational world and are driven to perverse acts of obsession.
Nadine Gordimer "Life times"
Throughout her career the internationally renowned South African writer Nadine Gordimer has built a literary reputation with her incisive short stories as much as with her acclaimed novels. This title is a collection of her stories.
Peter F Hamilton "Manhattan in reserve"
This is a collection of short stories from the master of space opera. Peter Hamilton takes us on a journey from a murder mystery in an alternative Oxford in the 1800s to a story featuring Paula Mayo, deputy director of the Intersolar Commonwealth's Serious Crimes Directorate.