Unthology 4 – Edited by Robin Jones & Ashley Stokes – Review

Unthank Books


“UNTHOLOGY 4 Continues Unthank Books’ Celebrated Series, Drawing Its Energy From The Wanderlust And Shape-Shifting Tendencies Of The Contemporary Short Story. Its Thirteen Stories Involve Cats, Crows And Angels; Moments Of Realization And Moments Of Doubt; Bad Moves, Wrong Turns And Trips Across The Border. A ­ Re-Scarred War Veteran Enters The Domain Of A Coked-Up Yuppie. A Blind Girl Wakes Up To ­ Nd That The Birdsong Has Ended. A Lad On The Slide Dates A Cosseted Schoolgirl And Ends Up Teetering On A Church Roof. Safe-Cracking Stories By Bold And Stealthy Writers.

Stories by 

Joshua Allen | Sarah Bower | Carys Bray | Ruby Cowling | Michael Crossan | Sarah Evans | Rodge Glass | Marc Owen Jones | Rowena Macdonald | Aiden O’Reilly | Adrian Slatcher | Barnaby Walsh | Melanie Whipman”

3 of 5 Stars

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

This is a collection of 13 short stories dealing with a variety of themes. There are stories of love found and love lost, lives rebuilt in different ways, of doing wrong and making amends.

The more I read short stories the more in awe I am of writers who can use a finite number of words and turn them into compelling reading. It takes skill to write any story, long or short but knowing you are limited to a few hundred or thousand words must make it difficult sometimes.

This collection is easy to dip in and out of and perfect for taking to work to read at lunch time. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but that’s the joy of an anthology, you never know what you’ll get and if you find any hidden treasures. I’ll be looking out for more anthologies from Unthank Books in the future.


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