Ailsa Cox, scholar and short story expert, recommends…

(CLASSIC: from Collected Stories, Vintage)

This is both the funniest and the most frightening story I know. A pair of smug, left wing intellectuals have bought themselves a weekend cottage at a wonderfully knock down price – all because of that gruesome murder in the bathroom. Which doesn’t bother people like us, does it darling? Of course not!

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(MODERN: from Too Much Happiness, Vintage).

Another murder. As Munro reaches extreme old age, her stories are sharper-edged, more brutal and dangerous. In this one she imagines what it would feel like to survive the slaughter of your children.

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