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Faber 90th Short Stories

From precious rediscoveries to gender-playful fictions, fabular futurism to uncanny imaginings. We recommend that you collect Faber Stories, a landmark series of short stories by a new generation of Faber authors alongside Faber classics. Published to celebrate Faber 90.

Mr Salary

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My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all. Years ago, Sukie moved in with Nathan because her mother was dead and her father was difficult, and she had nowhere else to go.

Come Rain or Come Shine

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When Ray turns up to visit his old university friends Charlie and Emily, he's given a special task: to be so much his useless self that he makes Charlie look good by comparison. But Ray has his own buried feelings to contend with.

Paradise

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it is only a matter of time before she snaps. Edna O'Brien crafts a quietly horrifying scene of eroticism and insecurity, and makes one woman's near-fatal discomfort stand for society's larger trap.

Dante and the Lobster

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Well, thought Belacqua, it's a quick death, God help us all. It is not. 'Dante and the Lobster' is the first of the linked short stories in Samuel Beckett's first book, More Pricks Than Kicks.

The Victim

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'On the whole, it was easier than I had expected. Only once did I feel myself at risk. Took her away from you some people might say. Didn't you feel any grievance?" I had been expecting this question. I knew exactly what I would say.' The late, great P. James takes us inside the mind of a murderer.

Mary Ventura & The Ninth Kingdom

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Lips the colour of blood, the sun an unprecedented orange, train wheels that sound like 'guilt, and guilt, and guilt': these are just some of the things Mary Ventura begins to notice on her journey to the ninth kingdom. 'But what is the ninth kingdom?' she asks a kind-seeming lady in her carriage.

Cosmopolitan

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As he stood up, he suddenly felt aroused by Mrs Shaw's large breasts, boy's haircut, and little-girl sneakers. Gopal wanted to put his hands on her waist and pull her toward him. But when his neighbour comes to borrow his lawnmower, Gopal thinks he might find something similar right here in New Jersey.

The Inner Room

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In perhaps the most magnificent of what he called his 'strange stories', Robert Aickman blurs the lines between memory, premonition and the hallucinated life. Lene, a woman now recovering from the losses of the Second World War, recalls a gothic dolls' house of her childhood and the way in which its uncanny inhabitants entered her dreams.

An Elegy for Easterly

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The government has cleaned up Harare for the Queen of England's visit. 'The townships are too full of people, they said, gather them up and put them in the places the Queen will not see.' Four waves of people have settled on Easterly Farm since then, living on the margins in homes that will soon be destroyed. Among them is Martha Mupengo.

The Lydia Steptoe Stories

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