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Ashley Stokes’ Top Five Books of 2018

Every year we ask Unthank authors to compile an end-of-year list from the books they have read that year, one refreshingly unconstrained to books published in 2018. Any bibliophile worth his or her salts is an omnivore. We don’t just read what everyone is chattering about. What we choose to read, and when, may offer us a revelation of how things are, taking us on a journey through the corridors and byways our imaginations, emotions and…

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Ken Edwards’ Top 5 for 2018

Every year we ask Unthank authors to compile an end-of-year list from the books they have read that year, one refreshingly unconstrained to books published in 2018. Any bibliophile worth his or her salts is an omnivore. We don’t just read what everyone is chattering about. What we choose to read, and when, may offer us a revelation of how things are, taking us on a journey through the corridors and byways our imaginations, emotions and…

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Astonishment in the Face of Being: An encounter with David Rose’s Meridian by Aiden O’Reilly

  For decades David Rose was the kind of writer who ekes out their literary existence in the shanty town of the small press scene. He had over four dozen stories published, and yet, such magazines being what they are, his name was more or less unknown. Even the names of many of those magazines are now forgotten, particularly those that closed up shop before the Internet Dawn.  Luckily the best of his fictions have…

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David Rose’s Top Five for 2018

Every year we ask Unthank authors to compile an end-of-year list from the books they have read that year, one refreshingly unconstrained to books published in 2018. Any bibliophile worth his or her salts is an omnivore. We don’t just read what everyone is chattering about. What we choose to read, and when, may offer us a revelation of how things are, taking us on a journey through the corridors and byways our imaginations, emotions and…

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Poacher Turned Gamekeeper: The Dark Art of Editing by Tom Vowler

    Perhaps ‘turned’ is a little hyperbolic: I still write fiction, but am in that unwelcome hinterland authors euphemistically term ‘between books’, and so much of my literary day is currently spent tangoing with other people’s prose. Betsy Lerner regarded the editor of fiction as ‘like a good dance partner, who neither leads nor follows’. Certainly that dance can unravel, not least in well-documented examples such as Carver and Lish. At best most authors…

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How I wrote ‘Cafeteria’.

  Jay Merill talks about her Unthology 10 story, Cafeteria, her inspiration and creative process. I wrote the sentence: ‘There was a woman with a bitemark on her cheek.’ Although I’d typed in ‘bitemark’ I asked myself if this was what I’d meant to say. Surely I meant ‘birthmark’. I was about to re-write the word, but instead, withdrew my hands from the keyboard and sat still. My story took off from here. I had already…

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New Title: The Sea Inside Me by Sarah Dobbs

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Dobbs’ second novel, The Sea Inside Me, will be published in October 2019. Sarah Dobbs is the author of Killing Daniel (Unthank, 2012), and her short fiction has appeared in The End: Fifteen Endings to Fifteen Paintings (Unthank, 2016), Red Room: New Short Fiction Inspired by the Brontes (Unthank 2013), and Unthology 1, 8 and 9. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sunderland…

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The Unthology Interviews: Elaine Chiew talks to Hannah Stevens.

Elaine Chiew: Hi Hannah, thank you for agreeing to talk about your story,  The Best Way to Kill a Butterfly  First of all, what a great title. How did it come to you? Hannah Stevens: I wrote ‘The Best Way to Kill a Butterfly’ a few years ago. At the time my study overlooked a huge buddleia. When it bloomed it was full of butterflies and it was beautiful. I lived in a really old house that…

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New Title: The False River by Nick Holdstock

We are thrilled to announce our first short story collection since appointing Tom Vowler as a commissioning editor. In 2019 Unthank will publish The False River by Nick Holdstock, a stylish and gifted book we know you will delight in. Nick Holdstock is the author of a novel, The Casualties, and three books of non-fiction: The Tree That Bleeds, China’s Forgotten People and Chasing the Chinese Dream. He has written for the London Review of…

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Welcome to Unthology 10

  The wait is over! Very proud to announce that Unthology 10, edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones, is published today. The fanfare continues: “Unthology 10 is, once again, a carefully and cleverly collated mix of short stories through which a trail can be followed, a trail of change. In each story we see a character touched by an incident that changes them – mostly for the better. This Unthology is, like the nine…

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