First Person Singular | Haruki Murakami #ShortStories

First Person Singular has been my first foray into Murakami as a writer of short stories. I was somewhat wary. Having read and enjoyed his longer fiction (1q84, Kafka on the Shore, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage) and his non-fiction (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running) I wasn't sure … Continue reading First Person Singular | Haruki Murakami #ShortStories

People From My Neighbourhood | Hiromi Kawakami #ShortStories

From the best-selling author of Strange Weather in Tokyo comes a collection of playful, delightful, delectable Japanese micro-fiction. Take a story and shrink it. Make it tiny, so small it can fit in the palm of your hand. Carry the story with you everywhere, let it sit with you while you eat, let it watch you while … Continue reading People From My Neighbourhood | Hiromi Kawakami #ShortStories

Christmas at High Rising | Angela Thirkell #ALiteraryChristmas

Back in March, when Covid news was dominating every airway and program, I turned to Angela Thirkell's High Rising for some light relief and old-fashioned comfort. So when I spotted A Literary Christmas over at In the Bookcase, I knew that another trip to High Rising was imminent. Christmas at High Rising is a collection … Continue reading Christmas at High Rising | Angela Thirkell #ALiteraryChristmas

An Indiscreet Journey | Katherine Mansfield #ShortStory

An Indiscreet Journey was a short story written in 1915 by Katherine Mansfield but published posthumously in the 1924 collection, Something Childish and other stories by her husband John Middleton Murry. Initially it reads like a fairly straight forward story about a woman on a train journey to visit her aunt and uncle in the middle … Continue reading An Indiscreet Journey | Katherine Mansfield #ShortStory

Psychology | Katherine Mansfield #1920Club

William Lipincott | Loves Ambush | 1890Psychology is a short story by Katherine Mansfield first published in Bliss and Other Stories (1920).As luck would have it, I've managed to select three very different types of Mansfield stories for the #1920Club reading week.Miss Brill was set in post-war France with a focus on loneliness and that confronting … Continue reading Psychology | Katherine Mansfield #1920Club

The Wind Blows | Katherine Mansfield #1920Club

The Wind Blows was first published in the Athenaeum on 27th August 1920 and then included in Bliss and Other Stories (1920), although I have also spotted on the Katherine Mansfield Society page that they claim it was published in 1915. So I dug a little deeper.I discovered a reference in J. McDonnell's Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Marketplace: … Continue reading The Wind Blows | Katherine Mansfield #1920Club