!!> Reading ➹ The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1: From Daniel Defoe to PG Wodehouse ➱ Author Philip Hensher – Writerscompany.co.uk

Varied and inspiring collection of some of the most beautifully written British short stories Philip Hensher has chosen an eclectic group of stories, some from famous names such as Defoe and Dickens, others by authors who are less well known today like Stacy Aumonier and Viola Meynell There is a wide range of topics covered, including those which have a particular resonance today such as poverty, exploitation of workers and hostility towards immigrants There are also entertaining detective st Varied and inspiring collection of some of the most beautifully written British short stories Philip Hensher has chosen an eclectic group of stories, some from famous names such as Defoe and Dickens, others by authors who are less well known today like Stacy Aumonier and Viola Meynell There is a wide range of topics covered, including those which have a particular resonance today such as poverty, exploitation of workers and hostility towards immigrants There are also entertaining detective stories, ghost stories, studies of love and hate, slices of the lives of ordinary people My favourites wereAmy Fosterby Joseph Conrad andBehind the Shadeby Arthur Morrison both of them are powerful but understated tales of the human condition There were none I didn t enjoy, although I do find it hard to engage with stories where the dialogue is written in dialect while it does make the story feelauthentic, it s just too much effort for me I also have the second volume of stories, coveringcontemporary writers, and am looking forward to another enjoyable collection A truly awesome selection of 36 early British short stories, all by different authors, originally published between 1705 and 1926 The authors include a few that are still quite well known, together with others that have lost favour and vanished in the elapsed time Consequently, the style varies considerably, yet the quality is high throughout For example, stories by Conan Doyle, Saki, Chesterton and Kipling have been reprinted an incredible number of times, yet in the midst of this you will f A truly awesome selection of 36 early British short stories, all by different authors, originally published between 1705 and 1926 The authors include a few that are still quite well known, together with others that have lost favour and vanished in the elapsed time Consequently, the style varies considerably, yet the quality is high throughout For example, stories by Conan Doyle, Saki, Chesterton and Kipling have been reprinted an incredible number of times, yet in the midst of this you will find a beautifully written piece by Margaret Oliphant in 1896, an author apparently responsible forthan 100 novels My point here is that many of the authors were famous in their time, and many of the stories were not reprinted subsequent to their original publication and, perhaps, subsequent inclusion in the authors anthology This might make a great sampler for the authors included, if only their other works wereaccessible, but I shall keep looking Brilliant The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1 Daniel Defoe to John Buchan.Thirty five stories by thirty five authors, all significant writers of English literature It s like travelling through the history of the British short story, from 1705 to 1925.It begins with Daniel Defoe s A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs Veal, the title itself giving a clue to this verbose and incomprehensible affair which I found almost unreadable Then follows Swift s advice to his footman, typically The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1 Daniel Defoe to John Buchan.Thirty five stories by thirty five authors, all significant writers of English literature It s like travelling through the history of the British short story, from 1705 to 1925.It begins with Daniel Defoe s A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs Veal, the title itself giving a clue to this verbose and incomprehensible affair which I found almost unreadable Then follows Swift s advice to his footman, typically satirical, and a surprisingly unexpected story of a lesbian crossdressing deceiver by Henry Fielding.Towards the middle, within the Victorian age, the stories tend to settle intodomestic scenarios, though the writing gets tighter and a greater economy of words and for the final quarter of the book, the stories have a contemporary familiar feel about them.I enjoyed this book though, for me, there was a lot to get through 750 pages I had intended to dip in and out of this while reading another book but in the event they drew me in Some names were unfamiliar but good to discover, such as Mrs Ernest Leverson, Margaret Oliphant, James Hogg, and Frederick Maryatt, while others confirmed an earlier disliking of them what is it with G.K Chesterton I don t get it and some old favourites Dickens, Conan Doyle Holmes and H G Wells There were also some well known names in literature which I hadn t read before, such as D.H Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling, Saki, and Arnold Bennett.The authors biographies at the back of the book make interesting reading too A diverse range of professions these people had before turning to writing Some unfortunate lives, as well All in all a good collection I love short stories and knew that this magisterial collection of the best of British short stories would be a must have A few not so subtle hints later it magically appeared in my Christmas stocking I ve been alternating reading it with my other books and am quite surprised that I ve got through the first volume by mid May It s a beautifully produced book and wonderfully edited and introduced by Philip Hensher I d only read three of the stories of the many contained in this first volume th I love short stories and knew that this magisterial collection of the best of British short stories would be a must have A few not so subtle hints later it magically appeared in my Christmas stocking I ve been alternating reading it with my other books and am quite surprised that I ve got through the first volume by mid May It s a beautifully produced book and wonderfully edited and introduced by Philip Hensher I d only read three of the stories of the many contained in this first volume those by Conan Doyle, M R James and Saki so there were many surprises in store The most pleasing discoveries among many were the stories by Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, T Baron Russell, Arnold Bennett and E M Delafield The range of stories is excellent, covering everything from humour, crime, ghost stories, social comment and studies of environment and character It s difficult to imagine aeffective or entertaining overview of the development of the short story in Britain Now for volume two Hilarious, Exuberant, Subtle, Tender, Brutal, Spectacular, And Above All Unexpected These Two Extraordinary Volumes Contain The Limitless Possibilities Of The British Short Story This Is The First Anthology Capacious Enough To Celebrate The Full Diversity And Energy Of Its Writers, Subjects And Tones The Most Famous Authors Are Here, And Many Others, Including Some Magnificent Stories Never Republished Since Their First Appearance In Magazines And Periodicals The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story Has A Permanent Authority, And Will Be Reached For Year In And Year OutThis Volume Takes The Story From Its Origins With Defoe, Swift And Fielding To The Golden Age Of The Fin De Si Cle And Edwardian PeriodEdited And With An Introduction By Philip Hensher, The Award Winning Novelist, Critic And Journalist Man man man, wat heb ik hier lang over gedaan Dat is natuurlijk prima, want het is zo n boek wat je gewoon af en toe kan oppakken om weer eens een oud Engels verhaaltje te lezen Dat kon ook eigenlijk niet anders want de taal was af en toe lastig lezen Maar helaas ook, waren de verhalen vaker saai dan vermakelijk Helaas. Wonderful and varied collection of short stories, starting with a story by Daniel Defoe written in the early eighteens century I ve been dipping into this book over the last two years Now on to the second volume of Philip Hensher s selections, covering mostly the twentieth century, and ending with a story by Zadie Smith. 823.0108 P3988 2015 The Penguin Book of the British Short Story, Volume 1: From Daniel Defoe to PG Wodehouse


About the Author: Philip Hensher

Hensher was born in South London, although he spent the majority of his childhood and adolescence in Sheffield, attending Tapton School 2 He did his undergraduate degree at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford before attending Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD for work on 18th century painting and satire Early in his career he worked as a clerk in the House of Commons, from which he was fired over the content of an interview he gave to a gay magazine 1 He has published a number of novels, is a regular contributor, columnist and book reviewer for newspapers and weeklies such as The Guardian, The Spectator , The Mail on Sunday and The Independent.The Bedroom of the Mister s Wife 1999 brings together 14 of his stories, including Dead Languages , which A S Byatt selected for her Oxford Book of English Short Stories 1998 , making Hensher the youngest author included in the anthology.http literature.britishcouncil.org Since 2005 he has taught creative writing at the University of Exeter He has edited new editions of numerous classic works of English Literature, such as those by Charles Dickens and Nancy Mitford, and Hensher served as a judge for the Booker Prize From 2013 he will hold the post of Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University 3 Since 2000, Philip Hensher has been listed as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in Britain, 4 and in 2003 as one of Granta s twenty Best of Young British Novelists 1 In 2008, Hensher s semi autobiographical novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize In 2012, Hensher won first prize German Travel Writers Award, and is shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize He also won the Stonewall Prize for the Journalist of the Year in 2007 and The Somerset Maugham Award for his novel Kitchen Venom in 1996 He wrote the libretto for Thomas Ad s 1995 opera Powder Her Face This has been his only musical collaboration to date.His early writings have been characterized as having an ironic, knowing distance from their characters and icily precise skewerings of pretension and hypocrisy 1 His historical novel The Mulberry Empire echos with the rhythm and language of folk tales while play ing games with narrative forms 1 He is married to Zaved Mahmood, a human rights lawyer at the United Nations.You can find outabout Philip on his author page at 4th Estate Books


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