Diane Cook

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American author Rumaan Alam: ‘Creates an atmosphere of dread so convincing and prescient that it stays with the reader long after reading’

 “If the noise returned, say tonight, once the sun had set – once the profound dark of the farmland all around them asserted itself – he wouldn’t(...)

On the shortlist … (top row l-r): Brandon Taylor,  Tsitsi Dangarembga, Avni Doshi; (bottom row l-r): Diane Cook, Maaza Mengiste, Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain At the heart of it are the memories I carry of my mother’s struggle with drink, with men, with her modest dreams (...)

Author Diane Cook: she  has the control that is necessary for good speculative fiction.

“They had seen a lot of death. They had become hardened to it. Not just the Community members who had perished in grisly or mundane ways. But around t(...)

Ho Sok Fong: Life for Malaysian women in a strict, patriarchal country is the focus of the author’s second collection

A giant wall erected by the government. A world where mistresses are a part of the family. An internment camp for women who refuse to fit neatly into (...)

Kristen Roupenian  stories offer abrasive, painfully aware accounts of relationships in turmoil.

In December 2017, Kristen Roupenian’s story Cat Person went viral after publication in the New Yorker. The 4,000-word story about lousy heterosexual s(...)

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: a  remarkable new voice on issues of race in America

An epigraph from Kendrick Lamar, virtual reality games for racists, genetically engineered children and a world where a white man can take a chainsaw (...)

Brian Coughlan: The humour too often misses the mark

When we think of the Irish short story, we tend to think in terms of literary fiction, having claim to many great practitioners of the form in this co(...)

Samantha Hunt:  takes us through the looking glass, away from what we thought we knew.

“Then she raised the hoe above her head.” The Eudora Welty epigraph is a choice beginning for Samantha Hunt’s debut collection of stories featuring ch(...)

June Caldwell: her modernist style and tendency to switch forms never let the reader rest

Robot boys that rehabilitate paedophiles, sex-change clinics, demoralising orgies, alpha submissives caged in a Leitrim farmhouse and ogled by rubber (...)

Kirsty Logan: storytelling is to the fore in the Scottish writer’s captivating second collection

The writer EM Forster defines story as a chronological sequence that has at its centre the material of events and people: “The king dies and then the (...)

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