Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

The 50 Best Winter Reads

The First Person and Other Stories, by Ali Smith
A glorious collection that celebrates and subverts the short story form ? though it?s much more fun than that sounds ? Ali Smith?s latest begins with the premise that ?The novel [is] a flabby old whore? whereas the short story is ?a nimble goddess, a slim nymph.? Many of the stories are about lovers; all contain moments of clarity that make you wince. In one, the thought that ?Her clothes smell overwhelmingly of the same washing powder as yours? is devastating.
Publisher Hamish Hamilton

Gripped by thrillers? Hooked on classics? Our panellists select the hottest books for colder months – whatever your literary leaning.

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