This is a comment I wrote to a friend who asked, “I was looking for a good book of modern short stories – European and or American. preferably written in the last 10 years. could you recommend anything?” There is a set of four anthologies called Ox-Tales, published by Profile Books and Oxfam. It consists of 38 short stories by contemporary writers. I think it is a mixed bag, but sounds very promising. I am itching to read it. It should be available in India soon, if not already. Hachette India is now representing Profile Books Ltd in India. Some of the authors are: Kate Atkinson, Beryl Bainbridge, William Boyd, Jonathan Buckley, Jonathan Coe, Geoff Dyer, Michel Faber, Sebastian Faulks, Helen Fielding, Giles Foden, Esther Freud, Xialou Guo, Mark Haddon, Zoë Heller, Victoria Hislop, A.L. Kennedy, Hari Kunzru, Hanif Kureishi, John le Carré, Marina Lewycka, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Morpurgo, David Park, DBC Pierre, Ian Rankin, Vikram Seth, Nicholas Shakespeare, Kamila Shamsie, Lionel Shriver, Helen Simpson, Ali Smith, William Sutcliffe, Rose Tremain, Joanna Trollope, Louise Welsh, and Jeanette Winterson.
A.L. Kennedy Alexander McCall Smith Ali Smith Beryl Bainbridge David Park DBC Pierre Esther Freud Geoff Dyer Giles Foden Hachette India Hanif Kureishi Hari Kunzru Helen Fielding Helen Simpson Ian Rankin Jeanette Winterson Joanna Trollope John le Carré Jonathan Buckley Jonathan Coe Kamila Shamsie Kate Atkinson Lionel Shriver Louise Welsh Marina Lewycka Mark Haddon Michael Morpurgo Michel Faber Nicholas Shakespeare Ox-Tales Profile Books Rose Tremain Sebastian Faulks Victoria Hislop Vikram Seth William Boyd William Sutcliffe Xialou Guo Zoë Heller