Amanda Craig

A Monumental Woman

Little Black Book of Stories

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IT’S STRANGE THAT one does not automatically think of A S Byatt primarily as an outstanding short-story writer in the way that one does, say, Angela Carter or Rachel Ingalls. Her fame is due chiefly (and was so, even before the Booker-winning Possession) to her novels, and her preoccupation with the novel, from its characters to its layers of meaning, is attested in distinguished collections of essays. Yet of all her fictions, it now seems to me that it is the short stories that are most likely to endure.

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