FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781916064133
RRP: £8.00
PAGES: 200
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2020


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The Middle of a Sentence: Short Prose Anthology

By James Kelman, Janice Galloway, and Bernard MacLaverty, et al.

“…only then did he realize he was not in the middle of a sentence, but in the middle of the street…”

– from The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, 1842

The Common Breath Short Prose Anthology is a celebration of fiction in its shortest form, uniting work from some of the greatest contemporary novelists, alongside an exciting selection from TCB’s open submissions process, and supplemented by pieces from a range of literary history’s finest artists.

Brian Hamill – An introduction

Jenni Fagan – Ida Keeps Falling
Jenni Fagan – The Ship
Stuart Murray – Wiz it Monday…
Jo Higgs – Your Skin’s Falling Off
Katherine Mansfield – Selections from the Notebooks
Frankie Gault – Shiny Shoes
Rachael Fulton – Blood
Janice Galloway – Moving on
Brendan Breslin – Fathers and Son
Brendan Breslin – A Young Couple and an Old Couple
Farah Ahamed – Thin Air
Brian Dunsmore – Fuckin British Gas, man
Jennifer Harvey – As eternal as the grief of fallen angels
David Keenan – Beetles
Regi Claire – When Our Lives Begin
Brad Bigelow – The Encounter in a Police Station
Chika Unigwe – Two Happy Meals
Hattie Atkins – Food and Wine
Mark Blair – What Are You Thinking?
Annie Gough – Fancier’s Lung
Garry Cox – Foetal
Garry Cox – Jesus Christ, 6 Days Short of his 53rd Birthday
Lara Frankena – Holiday Spirits
Shane Brant – A Man So Fixated On His Craft That He Doesn’t Notice
His Wife Is Possessed by a Ghost
Anton Chekhov – A selected story
Julie Rea – The First to Leave
Ruskin Smith – Outside
Kira Scott – Bruce McDougall
Graeme Armstrong – Landit
Brian Hamill – Extracts from ‘Distant Cousins’
Wendy Erskine – the envelopes for them
Ranbir Sidhu – That Here They Call Castles
Siún Carden – Rescinding her Statement
Kevin MacNeil – Humour
Donna McLean – Signal
Ron Butlin – The Legend of McGinley and the Seven McCanns
Joey Simons – The catch
Joey Simons – MacDiarmind into battle again
Issy Flower – Water Baby
John King – Drawing Breath
Hannah McDonald – Touched
Wayne Connolly – Blood Cancer
Emma Flynn – Sorry I’m Late
Carsten René Nielsen – Love
Duncan McLean – Rat King
Duncan McLean – The Porteus Bray
Stu Hennigan – Posterity
Sherwood Anderson – A selected story
Alyson Mosquera Dutemple – Ancient History
Kevin Williamson – Ponderous Stuff
Erik Kennedy – My First Time. The Tsar’s Uncle’s Last Time
Aimee Campbell – Four short pieces
Stewart Home – Hypno Kink Princess
Kate Chopin – Two stories
Lucy Macrae – Anthemoessa
Howard Colyer – Ready
Alan Warner – Powder
Kirsten Anderson – The space between
A.L. Kennedy – I tell them
Sarah Ward – The Bridge
Jim Aitken – The Learned Theban
Maria Ilona Moore – Dancer
Ian Farnes – A Land Overgrown
Kris O’Rourke – Victor
James Kelman – A Hard Man
Evy Tam Liu – The Overcoat
Stuart Murray – How ye keepin anyway?
Bernard MacLaverty – The Fountain Pen

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