A story a day keeps the doctor away

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ReadingGreat news! Scientists have shown reading is good for your health (unlike some other sedentary activities we enjoy!). According to a new study, reading for 3.5 hours or more a week can add 2 years to your life (Read the full study via Science Direct, available at your library). 

The short story is an ideal way to get get started on your healthy reading habit, especially if you feel too busy to commit to a book. It's the perfect length for coffee breaks, commutes, lunch in the park or just before bedtime. And with so many excellent collections and interesting new anthologies out there, you have no excuse! This short stories reading list features historical fiction, crime, the best of Irish and international writing, so there's something for everyone.

short storiesThe Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers. Edited by Sinéad Gleeson

A Kind of Compass: Stories on distance. Edited by Irish author Belinda McKeon

Fall of Poppies: Stories of love and the Great War

The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. Edited by Anne Enright

The Granta Book of the American Short Story. Edited by Richard Ford

Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx

Dear Life and Runaway by Alice Munro

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Let the Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dubliners 100. Edited by Thomas Morris

Stories. Ed. Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

Collected Stories by Lorrie Moore



I love short stories. A gem of a genre.

Nice article thank you

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