BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES (2011 – 2022) edited by Nicholas Royle as linked and listed to my real-time reviews of them…

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Salting Away Lost Time
The individual reviews are in each comment stream…

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FIRST LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/best-british-short-stories-2011/

Flora: DAVID ROSE

Winter Break: HILARY MANTEL

Emergency Exit: LEE ROURKE

Love Silk Food: LEONE ROSS

Feather Girls: CLAIRE MASSEY

Foreigner: CHRISTOPHER BURNS

Dinner of the Dead Alumni: ADAM MAREK

The Swimmer: SJ BUTLER

So Much Time in a Life: HEATHER LEACH

Staff Development: ALAN BEARD

The Rental Heart: KIRSTY LOGAN

Notes on a Love Story: PHILIP LANGESKOV

No Angel: BERNIE MCGILL

Slut’s Hair: JOHN BURNSIDE

Comma: HILARY MANTEL

Moving Day: ROBERT EDRIC

Tristram and Isolde: MICHÈLE ROBERTS

Looted: DAI VAUGHAN

When the Door Closed, It Was Dark: ALISON MOORE

Epiphany: SALLEY VICKERS

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SECOND LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/best-british-short-stories-2012/

I Arrive First: EMMA JANE UNSWORTH

The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World: ROBERT SHEARMAN

What’s in Swindon?: STUART EVERS

Alice in Time & Space and Various Major Cities: HP TINKER

The Visit: JAKI McCARRICK

Half-mown Lawn: DAN POWELL

‘I’m the Guy Who Wrote The Wild Bunch’: JULIAN GOUGH

Those Who Remember: JOEL LANE

To Brixton Beach: STELLA DUFFY

Wide and Deep: SOCRATES ADAMS

Tarnished Sorry Open: JO LLOYD

Aperitifs With Mr Hemingway: JONATHAN TRIGELL

Sun on Prospect Street: NEIL CAMPBELL

The Room Beyond: RAMSEY CAMPBELL

iAnna: WILL SELF

The Heart of Denis Noble: ALISON MacLEOD

We Wave and Call: JON McGREGOR

All I Know About Gertrude Stein: JEANETTE WINTERSON

Sad, Dark Thing: MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

The Last Library: AK BENEDICT

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THIRD LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/best-british-short-stories-2013/

The Smell of the Slaughterhouse: ALISON MOORE

The Writer: ELLIS SHARP

The Stormchasers: ADAM MAREK

Mrs Vadnie Marlene Sevlon: JACKIE KAY

When You Grow into Yourself: ROSS RAISIN

J Krissman in the Park: LAURA DEL-RIVO

The Swimmer in the Desert: ALEX PRESTON

Voyage: ADAM LIVELY

Curtains: CHARLES LAMBERT

Doctors: ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH

Bedtime Stories For Yasmin: ROBERT SHEARMAN

Canute: Nikesh Shukla

Dancing to Nat King Cole: JAMES WALL

My Wife the Hyena: NINA KILHAM

Budapest: CHARLES BOYD

Just Watch Me: LESLEY GLAISTER

Hostage: GUY WARE

Even Pretty Eyes Commit Crimes: MJ HYLAND

The Tasting: REGI CLAIRE

Eleanor – The End Notes: DAVID ROSE

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FOURTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/best-british-short-stories-2014/

The Faber Book of Adultery: JONATHAN GIBBS

The Spiral Stairwell: JAY GRIFFITHS

The Incalculable Weight of Water: RICHARD KNIGHT

Ladies’ Day: VICKI JARRETT

Getting Out Of There: M. JOHN HARRISON

Hospital Field: SIÂN MELANGELL DAFYDD

Roof Space: DAVID GRUBB

Number Three: ANNA METCALFE

Ashton and Elaine: DAVID CONSTANTINE

The Jewel Of The Orient: LOUISE PALFREYMAN

What’s Going On Outside?: STUART EVERS

Tides, Or How Stories Do Or Don’t Get Told: ELIZABETH BAINES

The Sea In Birmingham: MICK SCULLY

Hope Fades For The Hostages: AILSA COX

Unfinished Business by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST

Femme Maison: JOANNA WALSH

It: ADAM WILMINGTON

Glass, Bricks, Dust: CLAIRE DEAN

Guests: JOANNE RUSH

Barcelona: PHILIP LANGESKOV

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FIFTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/best-british-short-stories-2015/

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher August 6th 1983: HILARY MANTEL

Lucky: JULIANNE PACHICO

The Iron Men: BEE LEWIS

Festschrift: JONATHAN GIBBS

Five Thousand Lads a Year: JENN ASHWORTH

LS Lowry/ Man Lying on a Wall: NEIL CAMPBELL

Lightbox: EMMA CLEARY

Green Boots’ Cave: JIM HINKS

The Clinic: USCHI GATWARD

May the Bell Be Rung For Harriet: TRACEY S ROSENBERG

Strong Man: HELEN SIMPSON

Voice Over: MATTHEW SPERLING

The Lake Shore Limited: K J ORR

The First Day: TAMAR HODES

Go Wild in the Country: ALAN McCORMICK

Secondhand Magic: HELEN MARSHALL

Fresh Water: CHARLES WILKINSON

The Common People: REBECCA SWIRSKY

Worlds From the Word’s End: JOANNA WALSH

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SIXTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/best-british-short-stories-2016/

THE WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A RESTAURANT by Leone Ross

Arrivals: ROBERT SHEPPARD

VAIN SHADOWS FLEE by Mark Valentine

The Politics of Minor Resistance: JESSIE GREENGRASS

Walsingham: TREVOR FEVIN

A Belgian Story: IAN PARKINSON

Some Versions of Pastoral: DJ TAYLOR

Mrs Świętokrzyskie’s Castle: COLETTE SENSIER

A Leg to Stand On: NEIL CAMPBELL

Wyndham Le Strange Buys the School:ALEX PRESTON

Song of the River: JOHN SAUL

1961: GREG THORPE

1977: CRISTA ERMIYA

The Staring Man: DAVID GAFFNEY

The Bluebell Wood: TONY PEAKE

My Husband Wants to Talk to Me Again: KATE HENDRY

In Theory, Theories Exist: GRAHAM MORT

Control Knobs: CLAIRE-LOUISE BENNETT

The Only Thing Is Certain Is: THOMAS MCMULLAN

Live from the Palladium: STUART EVERS

Distance: JANICE GALLOWAY

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SEVENTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/best-british-short-stories-2017/

Reversible: COURTTIA NEWLAND

General Impression of Size and Shape: ROSALIND BROWN

As You Follow: GISELLE LEEB

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: JAY BARNETT

While the Nightjar Sleeps: ANDREW MICHAEL HURLEY

The Sea in Me: KRISHAN COUPLAND

Safe: VESNA MAIN

The First Hard Rain: SOPHIE WELLSTOOD

Never Thought He’d Go: FRANÇOISE HARVEY

Reunion: PETER BRADSHAW

The Dark Instruments: LAURA POCOCK

Filamo: IRENOSEN OKOJIE

Treats: LARA WILLIAMS

The Wind Calling: DEIRDRE SHANAHAN

Ariel: DAVID ROSE

IS-AND by Claire Dean

This Skin Doesn’t Fit Me Any More: ELIOT NORTH

Words and Things to Sip: JAMES KELMAN

Waves: NIVEN GOVINDEN

Language: DAISY JOHNSON

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EIGHTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/best-british-short-stories-2018/

PAYMON’S TRIO by Colette de Curzon

A THUNDERSTORM IN SANTA MONICA by Adam O’Riordan

TRIO FOR FOUR VOICES by Jane McLaughlin

HOW TO BE AN ALCOHOLIC by William Thirsk-Gaskill

WE ARE METHODISTS by Alison MacLeod

LIFE GRABS by Adrian Slatcher

DOG PEOPLE by M. John Harrison

SKIN by Jo Mazelis

CWTCH by Conrad Williams

AND THREE THINGS BUMPED by Kelly Creighton

IN DARK PLACES by Wyl Menmuir

THE WAR by Owen Booth

AND WHAT IF ALL YOUR BLOOD RAN COLD by Tania Hershman

THE HOMING INSTINCT by Mike Fox

MASK by Brian Howell

SISTER by CD Rose

WAITING FOR THE RUNNERS by Chloe Turner

SWATCH by Eley Williams

THE LAST DARE by Lisa Tuttle

DAZZLE by Iain Robinson

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NINTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/best-british-short-stories-2019/

THE HUSBAND AND THE WIFE GO TO THE SEASIDE by Melissa Wan

CUTS by Stephen Sharp

THE ARRANGEMENT by Sally Jubb

THE HEIGHTS OF SLEEP by Sam Thompson

NUDE AND SEASCAPE by Ann Quin

BEYOND DEAD by Nigel Humphreys

TOXIC by Adam Welch

A HAIR CLASP by Vesna Main

REALITY by John Lanchester

ON THE WAY TO THE CHURCH by Vicky Grut

CLUSTER by Naomi Booth

SMACK by Julia Armfield

CURTILAGE by Robert Mason

KISS by Elizabeth Baines

BADGERFACE by Lucy McKnight Hardy

ON DAY 21 by Ruby Cowling

OPTICS by Ren Watson

A GIFT OF TONGUES by Paul McQuade

SITCOM by Kieran Devaney

NEW DAWN FADES by Sophie Mackintosh

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TENTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2020/11/02/best-british-short-stories-2020/

BEYOND CRITICISM by Luke Brown

NUDIBRANCH by Irenosen Okojie

THE PHONE CALL by David Constantine

VASHTI by Zakia Uddin

ENERGY THIEVES: FIVE DIALOGUES by Richard Lawrence Bennett

HALLOWEEN by Nicola Freeman

IN THE MOUNTAINS by Amanthi Harris

THE GIRL WITH THE HORIZONTAL WALK by Andrew Hook

SHE SAID HE SAID by Hanif Kureishi

SAFELY GATHERED IN by Sarah Schofield

BELLY by Sonia Hope

THE FURTHER DARK by Jeff Noon & Bridget Penney

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT by Stephen Thompson.

BACKBONE by K.J. Orr

WHALE WATCHING by Diana Powell

GREETINGS FROM THE FAT MAN IN POSTCARDS by David Rose

THE WHITE CAT by NJ Stallard

MAXINE by Tim Etchells

DREAMS ARE CONTAGIOUS by Adrian Slatcher

WEANING by Helen Mort

PURITY by Robert Stone

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ELEVENTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2021/11/09/best-british-short-stories-2021/

RINGS by Tom Bromley

DEFINITELY NOT by Yasmine Lever

The Reservoir by Meave Haughey

BINDINGS by Simon Okotie

LEATHER by AJ Ashworth

BACKGAMMON by Uschi Gatward

AM / THOUGHT / ALWAYS by Emma Bolland

WHAT NEVER WAS by Gary Budden

MAMAN by Mel Pryor

THE RED SUITCASE by Hilaire

FROM FAR AROUND THEY SAW US BURN by Alice Jolly

WENDIGO by Julia Armfield

HIDE by Roberta Dewa

THE NEBULA by John Foxx

EDIT HISTORY by Jen Calleja

OUR FATHER THE SEA by Douglas Thompson

HAIR by Isha Karki

LOOM by Matthew Turner

GOING DOWNHILL by Josephine Galvin

99 CUSTOMER JOURNEY HORROR by Iphgenia Baal

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TWELFTH LINK: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2022/11/15/best-british-short-stories-2022/

NEW TO IT ALL by Seán Padraic Birnie

MONA DASH: LET US LOOK ELSEWHERE

PEBBLES by Max Porter

NEIL CAMPBELL: CULVERTS

ALICE M: SARCOPHAGUS

BEN PESTER: SQUARE / RECESS / MOON

RZ BASCHIR: THE CHICKEN

SOPHIE MACKINTOSH: WILD CITY

TONY WHITE: PLAIN SPEAKING

WILL WILES: THE MEAT STREAM

PAUL MCQUADE: AN EASEMENT

CHRISTOPHER BURNS: A VISIT TO THE BONESETTER

DAVID FRANKEL: SINK RATE

CHICAGO FORECASTS: CHRIS VAUGHAN

LEON CRAIG: LICK THE DUST

SARA SHERWOOD: HOW YOU FIND YOURSELF

SONYA MOOR: THE COMET

ROSANNA HILDYARD: OFFCOMERS

USCHI GATWARD: LAMMAS

EDWARD HOGAN: SINGLE SIT

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Looking forward to the 2023 edition!

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