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The Best British Short Stories

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Twenty-four short stories by famous and not-so-famous British authors

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Tim, the civilian, if it had also heard of Tim, the soldier. "Don't you remember Martlow, sir? Before the war, I mean."

"No. Ought I to?"

"Not on the bench?"

"Martlow? Yes, now I think of the name in connection with the old days, there was a drunken fellow. To be sure, an awful blackguard, continually before the bench. Dear me! Well, well, but a man is not responsible for his undesirable relations, I hope."

"No, sir. But that was Martlow. The same man. You really can't speak to Calderside of his as an ennobling life and a great example. The war changed him, but—well, in peace, Tim was absolutely the local bad man, and they all know it. I thought you did, or——"

Sir William turned a face expressive of awe-struck wonder. "Fosdike," he said with deep sincerity, "this is the most amazing thing I've heard of the war. I never connected Martlow the hero. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This collection of British short stories from 1922 was entertaining, enjoyable, and interesting There were some I enjoyed greatly, and several I did not at all. It was worth my time pouring over these stories.

There are some absolute gems here, and then a lot of stories which I was indifferent to. My favourites are as follows:

- 'The Olive' by Algernon Blackwood
- 'The Christmas Present' by Richmal Crompton
- 'Seaton's Aunt' by Walter de la Mare
- 'The Bat and Belfry Inn' by Alan Graham
- 'The Lie' by Holloway

This fascinating little audiobook provides a peek back into the worldviews and literary currents of Britain in the early 1920s. So many things -- mindsets, assumptions, commonplace objects -- which we now take for granted didn't exist, and so many things which we've now forgotten did.

This collection

Reading stories actually written in the past, rather than merely SET in the past, always provides fascinating glimpses of the reality of the world at that time. Such is the experience here.

As with all collections of short stories, this one includes some excellent stories, some good stories, a few mi

For me, this was a study of how I felt these stories held up over time. I can't imagine choosing any of them as the best of 2010. But, given the context of time, I found them entertaining.